The injury happened due to a freak accident, where Marcin Gortat threw Zaza Pachulia into Durant's knee while battling for a rebound. It was tough, but I looked at the big picture man and I figured at some point I'll get better. He credited the training staff, coaching staff and his teammates for keeping him sane.
The Warriors forward said there were some days that he wanted to go over the deep end. If somebody takes your job away, something happens and you can't be able to do what you want to do every single day, sometimes your patience runs thin a little bit.
The Warriors, who have now won a season-high 13-straight games (tied for the longest win streak in the National Basketball Association this season), finished the road schedule with a 31-10 record (.756) to become the first team in National Basketball Association history to win at least 31 games away from home in consecutive seasons (Golden State won an NBA-record 34 road games in 2015-16). Coach Steve Kerr reiterated he will start Durant and take him out at signs he is tiring.
"When you get banged up in that area, it's going to take some time for you, mentally, to feel like everything is all right", he said. Stephen Curry (knee) is doubtful, so Durant will be safe to deploy on Saturday in his first game since February 28.
KD remained optimistic his knee would respond and return to full strength. He did wear a brace and says he has not decided whether to wear one Saturday night. "I didn't know what was going on". I didn't look at it as a career-threatening injury.
"If I had to wait until the playoffs, I would have waited", he said. In lieu of that restriction, Durant's playing time will be based off how he feels.
The Warriors are ready to work him back in as they chase the championship that he was acquired to help them win. Obviously, fans will get a better sense of the rotation when Curry is added back to the fold.
"So I just tried to focus on each day", Durant said. That's my favorite thing to do is to play basketball. So to be away, it was different.
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