Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston Should Be OK After Ankle Injuries

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2018

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) lies on the court as teammates wait to help him up late in the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Golden State won 110-97. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 110-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Thursday's Game 3 at AT&T Center, but it wasn't all welcome news.

Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston each left the contest with sprained ankles, although head coach Steve Kerr suggested "they'll both be OK," per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kerr said Livingston's setback was somewhat worse than Durant's, but Golden State at least has until Sunday to rest them both before Game 4 of the first-round series.

"I'm good. It's nothing," Durant said of the setback, per Chris Haynes of ESPN. "It was a quick roll. It didn't completely turn. I'm fine."

The Warriors can ill-afford another setback, considering they are already without Stephen Curry, who's nursing a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic reported the two-time MVP may not be ready for the start of the second round and "is still not close to playing," which has put more of the offensive onus on Durant.

The 6'9" Durant poured in 26 points in Thursday's win despite shooting 1-of-6 from deep, using his athleticism to get into the lane and his length to elevate over defenders and score from mid-range and inside. He also led the team with nine rebounds and was a willing passer when additional defensive help came his way, dishing six assists.

Livingston provided a spark off the bench with 16 points, helping the Warriors stave off the Spurs' consistent comeback attempts.

Golden State has won each of the first three games in this series by double digits and has a clear talent advantage with Kawhi Leonard (quad) out for the Spurs, but more difficult tests await. The defending champions will be hard-pressed in potential series against the likes of Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans or James Harden and the Houston Rockets if their key players continue struggling to stay healthy.

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