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Kevin Durant set to return vs. Pelicans, won't be on minutes limit

"Today was one of those days where I went out there and played, and practiced with the guys and I felt normal", said Durant, who will return to the Golden State Warriors' lineup Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Durant has been sidelined 19 games after suffering a Grade 2 left MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise against the Washington Wizards on February 28.

Saturday marks teammate Kevin Durant's first game back after missing five weeks with a knee injury.

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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. He said playing basketball is his favorite thing so it hard to be away from the game. It only helps, of course, that Durant has already played 59 games with Golden State. At 65-14, the team is now 4.5 games clear of the San Antonio Spurs, who are going to play as the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Compared to the Warriors who finish the season with three-straight home games, all four of New Orleans remaining games are on the road, including a game in Denver on Friday night.

This gives Golden State a nice excuse to rest Curry, possibly for multiple games, going into the playoffs.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he will take Durant out if he starts tiring. "But they did a great job of every single day just chipping away". It will be intriguing to see how much Durant cuts into playing time for Barnes and Patrick McCaw. Davis ranks fourth in the National Basketball Association with an average of 28.0 points per game, while Cousins isn't far behind in sixth with 27.0. Obviously, fans will get a better sense of the rotation when Curry is added back to the fold.

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