Kevin Durant practices, set to play Saturday in return

Durant said at times during his rehabilitation that he almost went "over the deep end" with not being able to play. With Stephen Curry out with a left knee contusion, Durant will re-assume his title as the No. 1 option.

Otherwise, Durant said he knew he could overcome the injury. So to be away, it was different. "So, that day is here and I'm thankful".

"I knew it would get there at some point". At 65-14, the team is now 4.5 games clear of the San Antonio Spurs, who are going to play as the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

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Durant is tied for the team lead in points (25.3), and is the top rebounder (8.1) and shot blocker (1.6) for the club. Compared to the Warriors who finish the season with three-straight home games, all four of New Orleans remaining games are on the road, including a game in Denver on Friday night. Additionally, they're the first team to own the league's best record outright in three-straight seasons since the Boston Celtics did so from 1983-84 to 1985-86, joining the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as the only franchises in National Basketball Association history to earn the top seed in the postseason in three-straight seasons. Davis ranks fourth in the National Basketball Association with an average of 28.0 points per game, while Cousins isn't far behind in sixth with 27.0.

The team had hoped to play the pair for the remaining three regular season games to regain the timing lost since Durant went down with a Grade 2 left MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise on February 28th.

"I played 58 games with Steph". I just happen to miss 20 games.

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Head coach Steve Kerr did say Durant would be pulled if he looks exhausted, noting that the last three games of the regular season are about his conditioning and the team getting their timing back. "I can't think about how I'll feel because I'll end up holding back".

"I just want to go out there full throttle and see what happens", he added.

Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (left knee injury) is probable.

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