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Durant will be out around two weeks with a rib injury.

Kevin Durant becomes the latest Warriors star to join the injury list after suffering a fractured rib

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Kevin Durant is set to miss two weeks due to a rib injury picked up in last Sunday's 103-109 loss at Minnesota. 

KD joins fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the injury list for the defending champions and there's no doubt Steve Kerr will be a little worried about his team's health heading into the playoffs. 

The nine-time All-Star reportedly suffered the injury in what looked like a nothing collision with Karl-Anthony Towns last weekend. He was a day-to-day assessment this week, but after undergoing an MRI on Friday it appears he actually suffered a minor fracture on the play. 

Despite suffering initial soreness, Durant played midweek against the Lakers but aggravated the injury on a play closing out Lonzo Ball. Here's a look at that play:

"It was a little sore the next couple of days but not something I was worried about," Durant said.

"Hopefully it gets better in the next week or so and see what happens,"

The 2017 finals MVP won't need surgery, and will be hoping the recovery time will allow him to reboot his body in similar style to last season when he missed time before the playoffs with a knee injury, before dominating in the postseason.

"I've got a couple weeks and I'm just trying to get healthy, and I'm just trying to make sure I'm out there being able to be me on the court," the 29-year-old said. "That's the most important thing. It's not great timing-wise, obviously. It's all about just feeling better when I'm out there playing."

"Just recovery, no procedure and see how it feels. It's a different type of pain than I've felt before so I didn't really know what it was and I'm just glad I got it looked at." he added.

Though the Warriors are also without Steph and Klay, both of whom will be re-evaluated in the coming week, the trio's short term absence shouldn't harm their postseason ambitions.

With the division already wrapped up, and a top-two seed almost guaranteed, the defending champs will be focusing on getting their stars healthy.

The number one seed will likely go to Houston, but Golden State's quartet of All-Stars won't be fazed by losing home court should they face off against the Rockets in the Western conference finals. 

Durant and co will need to be fully healthy and firing to get that far though, with a number of potentially awkward first round series facing them, including a possible matchup with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. 

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Western Conference
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
Stephen Curry
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Kevin Durant

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