Kevin Durant

According to Yahoo Sports, The Golden State Warriors are expecting Kevin Durant to return to the starting lineup at or halfway through the NBA Finals.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported on Friday that some members within the Warriors' organization are optimistic Durant could be ready to play by Game 3, though a Game 4 return is more likely.

Durant was cleared to take part in individual on-court basketball activities on Wednesday, but the 10-time All-Star actually began his on-court basketball workouts earlier this week, according to Haynes.

Durant strained his calf in Game 5 of the Warriors' second-round series with the Rockets and has not played since.

The Toronto Raptors beat the reigning NBA champions 118-109 in Game 1 of the 2019 Finals.

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