NBA rumors: Kevin Durant hints at possible return in NBA Finals Game 4

Updated: June 9, 2019
[RELATED: Drake savagely roasts Klay, Dubs after Raptors' Game 3 win ] Green doesn't shy away from a bulletin-board quote, and some Game 4 reinforcements could back him up Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami that he was hopeful Thompson could return to the lineup on Friday, while Durant will play in a closed-door scrimmage Thursday

But lest you think the return of one -- or both -- of those players gives Green and the Warriors an "on your left" moment Friday night, Golden State faces an uphill battle to win the NBA Finals no matter what lineup takes the floor in Game 4.

The Warriors came back from a two-games-to-one Finals deficit back in 2015, but the Raptors have homecourt advantage again after winning Game 3

At the very least, we know the caption of Drake's Instagram story if the Raptors win Game 4.

Steve Kerr hopeful that Klay Thompson will play in NBA Finals Game 4 Steve Kerr hopeful that Klay Thompson will play in NBA Finals Game 4 By Jon Williams June 05, 2019 9:40 PM Klay Thompson's pain tolerance is famously high, but it wasn't enough to keep him in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NBA Finals The Warriors ruled out their sharpshooter for Wednesday's contest against the Toronto Raptors because of a hamstring strain Thompson pleaded his case to the coaching and medical staff but eventually was overruled The Warriors definitely missed Klay's presence, as the short-handed squad lost 123-109 to the Raptors Golden State now trails two-games-to-one in the best-of-seven series After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr addressed the media about the decision to rest Thompson "Well, the whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series So that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it," Kerr said "Never would have forgiven myself if I played him tonight and he had gotten hurt So you live with the decision you make, you make a wise decision, the wisest one you can, and then you live with it and move forward So the good thing is Klay has done well the last two days; now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully, he'll be out there on Friday" Kerr also told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic that he "expects" Thompson to play Friday

Steve Kerr just told me that he expects Klay Thompson to play in Game 4 on Friday.

Kerr said he doesn’t know yet about Kevin Durant’s status for that game — Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 6, 2019 This was the first playoff game Thompson has missed in his career, as he played in all 120 of the Warriors' postseason games over the last seven seasons Thompson sustained the injury with about 10:40 remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 2 on Sunday in Toronto He stayed on the floor for a couple of minutes before exiting for good with 7:59 left [RELATED: How Klay's amazing toughness began at a young age ] Ever since the injury, Thompson was adamant about playing in Game 3, telling reporters it would be " hard to see me not playing " in Wednesday's pivotal game ESPN reported earlier Wednesday that Warriors officials hoped Thompson would sit out Game 3, but he was lobbying to play But Klay lost this battle, and now he and his teammates have to battle back from a series deficit to win it all

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