Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 2018-19 and ascended to another level in the postseason before straining his calf in Game 5 of a second-round series against the Rockets. Durant went on to miss all of the third round and returned in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but ruptured his Achilles in the second quarter, which will likely keep him out all of next year. Knicks free agency rumors: New York targeting Robin Lopez There’s speculation Durant was considering moving on from the Warriors in 2019 before this incident, but pressure to get back on the court before he was fully recovered may have caused an irreparable rift between him and the organization. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Kemba Walker committing to max contract with Celtics It appears like Stephen Curry will do everything he can to keep Kevin Durant with Golden State.Curry is returning to the U.S. from an Under Armour tour in China to visit Durant in New York before free-agency negotiations begin Sunday, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Curry will be accompanied by Warriors general manager Bob Myers in what might be the team’s last chance to convince Durant not to leave the franchise. An earlier ESPN report said Durant has narrowed his list of potential teams down to the Warriors, Nets, Knicks and Clippers, so all is not lost. Golden State brass has made it clear it is prepared to give max offers to Durant and Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL in Game 6 of the Finals and will likely miss a majority of 2019-20. But that might not be enough to make amends with Durant, as basketball players rarely return to top form after Achilles injuries.Durant, 30, joined Golden State in 2016 and won two championships and two Finals MVPs in his three seasons with the Warriors. He is entering an important part of his career, so Curry and Myers’ pitch will need to be just as good if not better than the one he received three years ago.
SHARE Australian batsman AJ Finch plays a shot during the 3rd ODI cricket match against India at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday. -PTI COMMENT Brief Scores:Australia: 293 for six in 50 overs (Aaron Finch 124, Steve Smith 63; Jasprit Bumrah 2/52). PTI SSC SSC 09241706 × Australian batsman AJ Finch plays a shot during the 3rd ODI cricket match against India at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday. -PTI Opener Aaron Finch, playing his first game of the series, struck a fluent century before India bounced back in the last 10 overs to restrict Australia to 293 for six in the third ODI here.Finch, who replaced young Hilton Cartright after recovering from a calf injury, made an instant impact with a classy 124 after skipper Steve Smith won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to bat.Trailing 0-2 in the five-match series, the Australians desperately needed a top-order batsman to produce such a knock.Exploiting a flat Holkar track, Finch added 70 runs for the opening wicket with David Warner (42) and raised a 154-run partnership with Smith for the second wicket.Smith (63 off 71) happily played second-fiddle during his partnership with Finch, whose footwork was impeccable. He rendered the stock balls of both the wrist spinners ineffective, hitting four of his five sixes on ‘googlies’Finch, whose knock came off 125 balls, decorated his eighth ODI century with 17 boundaries including five sixes.A docile pitch to deal with, Indian bowlers hardly troubled the Australians as Kuldeep Yadav (2/75) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/54) largely remained ineffective.Finch’s dominance against Kuldeep was clear from the fact that he collected 41 runs off the 26 balls he faced from the Chinaman.However, the hosts staged a remarkable comeback in the last 10 overs of the game after the fall of Finch, giving away just 59 runs and taking four wickets.It all started in the last ball of the 38th over when Finch lofted Kuldeep to Kedar Jadhav at deep-midwicket.The stage was set for Australia to go for the kill, being placed 234 for two in 40 overs, but they lost Smith and Glenn Maxwell (5) in successive balls.Kuldeep saw the back of Smith, caught at long-off, while Chahal had Maxwell stumped.Bumrah got rid of Travis Head (4) and Peter Handscomb (3), leaving Australia in tatters. They could never get the fillip, which was there to take after a stupendous start even as Marcus Stoinis took the side close to 300 with his unbeaten 27.Earlier, a cautious approach by both Warner and Finch provided Australia their best start of the series.There was hardly any help for the bowlers but both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah remained disciplined.The visitors scored 49 runs in the first 10 overs with Warner finding three boundaries off Bhuvneshwar and Finch hitting the same number of fours off Bumrah in this period.Captain Virat Kohli replaced them with Chahal and Hardik Pandya. Warner, who had got his eye in, hit the first six of the innings as he lofted Chahal flat and hard over long-on.Pandya provided India their first breakthrough by dismissing Warner, who did not move his feet while trying to punch it away and was bowled. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Australia score 293/6 against India in 3rd ODI Published on cricket September 24, 2017 COMMENTS