Roye: Durant Has "A Chance" To Play In NBA Finals

Warriors play-by-play voice Tim Roye doesn't expect Durant to play in Toronto, but he could be available later in the series

May 29, 2019 - 11:49 am
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The NBA Finals begin Thursday in Toronto, and there’s no denying who is the most important player in the series.

“Kawhi Leonard is the problem,” Warriors play-by-play voice Tim Roye said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s playing as well as anybody in the NBA. It’s too bad KD got hurt because then you have these two guys that are just dominating their conferences. I think Kawhi Leonard is a problem, and I think the matchup part of this is real intriguing as to who’s Kawhi going to guard and on the flipside who will Steve Kerr put on Kawhi Leonard.”

Roye expects Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to all get a crack at Leonard.

Durant’s status, meanwhile, remains uncertain, though Roye thinks he could play in the Finals.

“I think there’s a chance of that,” he said. “He’s on the trip. That’s a good sign. He wants to be with the guys. But once he’s cleared to go, then he’s still got to get back into game shape and that’s going to take a while. I think he’s got a chance in the series because the NBA Finals spreads out a little bit, but I don’t know if he has a real good chance of playing here in Toronto.”

If Durant doesn’t play in this series, will he have played his final game as a Warrior? 

“I don’t think he knows yet,” Roye said. “I don’t think anybody knows. I really don’t think that he’s made up his mind. I think he decided a few months ago to just concentrate on playing basketball and worry about it when it’s time to worry about it. I think we’ll know pretty soon.

“But I will say this,” Roye continued. “He showed in the Clippers series and in the start of the Houston series, when he is able to compartmentalize and just focus on his game, he is really one of the best players that’s ever played. You can’t get to that shot. When he leans back for that shot, you just can’t get to him. It’s right up there with the sky hook in terms of impossible shots to block.”

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