Kevin Durant practices, set to play Saturday in return


Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant says he'll aim to put thoughts of the knee injury that sidelined him 19 games aside when he returns to action against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he will take Durant out if he starts tiring. Durant can take the last three games of the season, and the first round of the playoffs, to slide back into a grove.

Golden State's co-leading scorer and top rebounder, Durant was hurt February 28 at Washington when Marcin Gortat pushed Zaza Pachulia and Golden State's center fell into Durant, who has missed 19 games since with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and bruised tibia.

The Warriors are ready to work him back in as they chase the championship that he was acquired to help them win. "I knew that was something I could overcome", he said.

Durant said at times during his rehabilitation that he almost went "over the deep end" with not being able to play. With Durant watching from the bench, the Warriors played some of their best basketball of the season.

"[Friday] was one of those days where I went out there and played, and practiced with the guys and I felt normal", said Durant. However, he kept his sights on the bigger picture. I figured that at some point I would get better.

Pelicans injury report: C Omer Asik (illness), C DeMarcus Cousins (right Achilles tendonitis), PF Anthony Davis (left knee soreness) and SG Quincy Pondexter (left knee) are out.

Currently, the Pelicans are 33-46 and they are eliminated from playoff contention. The team's next offensive option is Jrue Holiday at 15.6 points per game. The Warriors are probably going to be without their superstar signal caller against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a knee contusion.