Durant hasn’t played since injuring his right calf in Game 5 of the conference semifinals on May 8th, but Draymond Green singled out Durant as the reason the organization has been able to go to another level over the past three seasons, and now sits on the precipice of winning its third straight NBA championship.

He said the Warriors definitely need him back. 

“There’s been so much talk about how, ‘Oh, they’re the Warriors. Before Kevin got there they were great.’ Bulls—,” Green said according to ESPN. “We was damn good. I think we were a very good team who was tough to beat. I think when Kevin came here, he made us unbeatable. When DeMarcus [Cousins] came here, it made people scratch their head even more. And so we need those guys. The next series is going to be tough, and I hope and pray that we can get him back.”

“Our goal is obviously to get all three of those guys back,” Green said. “We know we’re a good team with who we have, but those guys make us great and almost unbeatable. And we know we need [Durant].”

The Warriors have praised Durant repeatedly throughout the postseason, especially in the wake of his injury. 

But stats suggest they are better off without him, especially Steph Curry. 

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knows Durant still has to overcome some hurdles in his recovery, including being cleared for on-court work again, but Kerr feels good about the possibilities.

“I’m just hopeful that that’s the case more than anything,” Kerr told ESPN of being able to add Durant back into the lineup. “We don’t know how it’s going to end up. I’m really proud of the guys for holding down the fort during this series, and hopefully his rehab continues to progress and we get him back, because we’re going to need him. No doubt.”

The Warriors are saying all the right things about wanting KD back. 

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