July 22, 2024

Kevin Durant to miss Team USA exhibition vs. Canada with calf strain

LAS VEGAS – As expected, star forward Kevin Durant will not play in the United States’ Olympic exhibition opener against Canada on Wednesday because of a left calf strain, coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday.

Durant, USA Basketball’s all-time leading scorer, did not participate in the team’s walkthrough Tuesday, nor in any of the full-contact portions of practices or team scrimmages in training camp, which opened Saturday on campus at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He was experiencing soreness before camp started and was held out as a precaution, team officials have said, as the injury is not believed to be serious.

Team USA plays Canada at T-Mobile Arena at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The last time these two countries met in men’s basketball, the Canadians defeated the Americans in the FIBA World Cup bronze medal game in Manila in September.

While several players from that Canadian team returned for the Olympics, including Oklahoma City star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, teammate Lu Dort, and the infamous Dillon Brooks, only two American players from the World Cup are back (Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton).

As for when Durant might return, Team USA flies Thursday to Abu Dhabi for a week of workouts and exhibition games against Australia (July 15, noon eastern) and Serbia (July 17, noon).

This story will be updated.

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