Kevin Durant, Draymond Green Likely to Return from Injuries vs. Bucks, Says Kerr

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The Golden State Warriors are finally getting (somewhat) healthy.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are poised to return Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Durant confirmed as much, telling ESPN.com's Chris Haynes, "You can tell them I'm playing Thursday."

Durant, 29, will miss his sixth straight game Tuesday night due to a rib injury. Green, 28, will be out for his third straight contest due to an illness.

The Warriors have resembled a G League team more than a title contender as of late, with Durant, Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry all out with injuries. Curry is expected to be out through the first round of the playoffs with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, while Thompson is nearing a return from a fractured thumb.

Golden State has dropped five of its last eight games heading into Tuesday night, all but certainly ceding the top seed in the Western Conference to the Houston Rockets.

"We can overcome this," Kerr told reporters over the weekend. "... We just got to be able to hold down the fort and understand that this is all part of the journey."

The multitude of absences has helped Quinn Cook emerge as an effective rotation piece. Cook, who has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Duke in 2015, has scored in double figures in each of the last six games.

Nevertheless, it'll be a major boon for the Warriors to have two of their four All-Stars back on the floor.