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Kevin Durant progressing in rehab, no timetable for return

first_imgChina counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “We know what he brings to the table every night,” Stephen Curry said at shootaround earlier in the day. “He had only missed one game up until his injury, so different rotations, a couple different play calls that we don’t run now because they’re catered to kind of just getting him to a scoring spot. For the most part our identity it is what it is and it’s always been that way.”Durant has been watching games from his couch and yelling at the TV on occasion. He sets daily goals in his recovery, such as last week’s chore of straightening out his leg to gain range of motion. Strengthening will come along slowly, too.Seeing his teammates and being at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night was a nice boost, because “I didn’t feel like an NBA player this last week.”“Mentally I’m good, I’m in a good place,” he said. “I’m not playing right now, which is tough because I love to play, but I’m getting better day by day and I’ll be out there as soon as I’m ready to play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Durant isn’t putting a timetable on when he could be healthy.“I’m not even thinking about that right now. I know that’s what everybody wants to know or are wondering,” he said. “Whenever my body tells me I’ll be ready to play, that’s when I’ll be ready to play. I’m not really thinking too far down the line, I’m just worried about having a great day today and I look forward to having a good one tomorrow.”Durant was leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 25.3 points and 8.2 boards along with 4.8 assists in his first season with Golden State.“I think everybody is touching base with him hoping that his spirits are good, and they seem to be,” Kerr said. “Really in the grand scheme of things, as I told him, six weeks goes by pretty quick. He’s got a long life ahead of him. It’d be great if we could get him back the last week of the regular season or so. We’ll just have to wait and see.”The Warriors, who began the night at 52-11 and with the NBA’s best record, spent the early stretch of the season adjusting to Durant’s big presence on both ends — and now they are figuring out how to keep in a groove without him.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant answers questions during a news conference prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant is riding a stationary bike as part of his rehabilitation from the injured knee and leg and doing well, yet Golden State coach Steve Kerr said it still could be close to a month before the superstar forward is re-evaluated to determine his status.Durant returned to the Bay Area from the Warriors’ East Coast road trip after getting hurt in a loss at Washington. He hyperextended his knee early in the 112-108 defeat Feb. 28 and later underwent an MRI exam, which revealed a Grade 2 — or moderate — sprain in the knee as well as a bruised tibia.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions “It could have been a lot worse,” Durant said, noting he briefly received a diagnosis it was far more serious. “I hurt my knee. A lot of guys go through this throughout a season, a lot of injuries. It’s nothing for anybody to be concerned about. I got a boo boo playing basketball. It is what it is, man. So I’m OK. My spirits are good, my family’s good, I’m doing what I love to do every single day.”Kerr checked in by text message regularly with Durant, then spoke to him by phone Tuesday once the team returned to Oakland. The Warriors were only home briefly, however, playing Wednesday night against Boston before heading back out of town for games at Minnesota on Friday and at San Antonio on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I just talked to him, he was on the bike breaking a sweat,” Kerr said before the game. “He says he feels good. It’s only been I guess less than a week, so not really anything to report because it’s a good month before re-evaluate. So, he’s doing as well as possible.”Last week, the team said Durant would be re-evaluated four weeks after the injury, so if he were fully healthy then it would leave about two weeks remaining in the regular season. 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Holiday gift shopping survival guide

first_imgSurviving holiday shopping comes down to two things: giving thoughtful presents to your loved ones (you score when you are as excited to see them open the gift as they are to receive it) and not breaking the bank. When you can check these off your list, navigating tension-filled holiday dinners and parties will be a cinch. You tried your best, right? If your annoying sibling insists on picking a fight, well, there is not much you can do besides excuse yourself to use the bathroom and then go play with the kids. The worst they can do is tire you out. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAfter coming up with this sage advice, I realized I have never before followed it. Usually I hunt down presents at the last minute with little thought to the total debt I am accumulating. The gifts turn out all right, but my credit card bill gives me a shock worse than eggnog withdrawal. Time to update my old holiday habits. Shouldn’t I be able to rein in my spending while still giving fabulous gifts as the savvy spender behind the Bargain Hunter column and blog? Luckily, I relish challenges and am awfully good at meeting deadlines. (No need to double-check that with my editor.) I’m also extremely skilled at jinxing myself. Doh! To put this experiment into action, I created My Gift List. I named everyone I am buying a present for and my starting budget: $400. The list helps me brainstorm ideas and track my spending. Just knowing it is there motivates me to price compare and spend within my means. Each time I buy a gift – yikes, only one so far – I subtract the cost. My motivation to stick to my budget is built in. If there is any money leftover, I get to spend it on myself. You can read it by clicking on the words My Gift List on the upper-left corner of the Bargain Hunter blog at www.insidesocal.com/bargain. The blog has tons of coupons that can cut down your costs. Also, check Web sites such as SlickDeals.net, Wow-coupons.com and Bargainist.com for discounts. Perhaps My Gift List will help you find a present. If you have ideas, e-mail me at julia.scott@dailynews.com. I sure could use them! Here are my best bets so far: For youngsters Most kids know exactly what they want and aren’t exactly shy about asking for it. If yours is an exception, ask to see a copy of his or her letter to Santa. For video games ($20 to $100), remember to ask what specific system (Wii? PS3?) they want and the name of the game because different systems are not compatible. I’m a traditionalist so I go for old-school games such as Pick-Up Sticks ($8) or Candyland ($10). Has having fun changed that much? I like to give one toy and one book to each child on my list. I love “No, David” ($12) and other books by David Shannon for their raucous characters and action-packed pictures. If the child is old enough, Roald Dahl’s chapter books “James and the Giant Peach” and “The BFG” (both $7) are fantastic. For the in-laws I am definitely going the gift-card route because last year I bombed. I’m thinking of bundling a $25 gift card from Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma with a low-budget kitchen gadget and an oven mitt ($7) for my mother-in-law, who is a standout chef. My sister- and brother-in-law are more difficult. If I were local, I would give them a night of baby-sitting, which can easily add up to $100. They like to watch TV, so maybe the newly released complete television series set of “I Love Lucy” ($190), “The Gilmore Girls” ($190), or the cult favorite “My So-Called Life” ($38) if you don’t want to break the bank. All on DVD. Still stumped? Check out the gift suggestions for every personality at Surprise.com. For your soul mate A copy of “Other People’s Love Letters” ($23), which reprints 150 heartfelt missives and breakup letters that were never meant for your eyes. Read them together to stir up memories of your own path down lover’s lane. To write your own amorous words, buy two packages of postcards, one for each of you (about $20). Surprise each other with a sweet note in the mail and you will score major brownie points. Check out the selection at your local paperie, card store or bookseller. If you just started a family – or if you have not convinced him of parenthood’s wonders – give him a copy of “The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers” ($13). It is hilarious and puts a fabulous spin on fatherhood, such as pointing out this benefit of pregnancy: “major league yabbos.” For friends Spending time with your friends is the quickest way to figure out what to get them. Sooner or later they will mention a game they want, a trip they are taking that requires new gear, or their favorite restaurant (that sells gift certificates, of course). Listen, and you will be rewarded. If they are techies, it is hard to go wrong with the latest iPod or iPhone accessory ($10 and up) – www.ilounge.com is a favorite site among Apple devotees looking to pimp their gadgets. On an extremely tight budget, buy a half dozen cookie tins ($3 each) from a discount store and make cookies. My favorite recipe has six ingredients and takes 15 minutes start to finish. No joke. You will end up with a thoughtful and homemade gift. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the recipe. Need something different? Graphic novels are edgy and artsy, perhaps a winning combo for the individualist in your life. Check out your local independent bookstore for a selection ($8 to about $32). Experience gifts – a cooking class (about $85), dinner out ($50) or theater tickets (about $200 for a pair) – are becoming popular and create time to spend together. For those who “have it all,” consider a charitable donation. Last but not least, there are Moses and Mary dolls ($20 each) from the Valencia-based one2believe. Push a button and Mary says, “With God, all things are possible.” Save a buck in the Valley at www.insidesocal.com/bargain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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