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Durant optimistic of playing in Warriors' Game 3 at Portland

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Warriors won 121-109. | AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant says he felt ready to play in Golden State's Game 2 playoff win yet the Warriors opted to be cautious with their superstar as he nurses a strained left calf.

Durant posted an update about his injury during a livestream on his personal YouTube channel Thursday evening. He is hopeful of playing in Saturday's Game 3 at Portland as the Warriors try to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

After missing 19 games with a left knee injury then returning for the final three regular-season contests, the Warriors certainly aren't going to take any risks with KD. He had 32 points and 10 rebounds in a Game 1 victory Sunday.

He said: "I hate being out. I hate being hurt. It's something that's kind of out of my control right now, just try to get better."

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