Kevin Durant exits Game 5 of NBA Finals with Achilles injury
TORONTO — Golden State’s Kevin Durant sustained an Achilles injury at 9:46 of the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, the extent of which will be determined when Durant undergoes an MRI exam on Tuesday.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers fought back tears and choked up as he spoke about the devastating, spirit-crushing injury following his team's 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
“Prior to coming back he went through four weeks with a medical team, and it was thorough and it was experts and multiple MRIs and multiple doctors, and we felt good about the process," Myers said.
"The initial injury was a calf injury. This is not a calf injury. I'm not a doctor, I don't know how those are related or not, but it's a different injury."
Durant limped off the floor and into the locker room with help from Warriors director of sports medicine Rick Celebrini.
“An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.” – Steve Kerr tries to put the Warriors’ bizarre Game 5 into words. pic.twitter.com/9TUyxDuLaA
Durant was dribbling and trying to make a move on Toronto’s Serge Ibaka when he came up lame on his right leg. He sat on the court for a short time before getting up with a limp.
Myers and forward Andre Iguodala went to the locker room with Durant, who was making his debut in these Finals after missing the past month with strained right calf.
“He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision," Myers said. "I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. And to tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong."
Kevin Durant appears to aggravate his calf injury and heads to the locker room early in the second quarter. pic.twitter.com/VXu3SmTS8Y
Durant was seen in the Scotiabank Arena hallways in a walking boot and he was using crutches.
"When you get to know somebody and see how genuine they are and how committed they are just to playing basketball and having fun and living life a certain way, you root for those type of guys," Warriors star Steph Curry said. "And like (Myers) said, whatever his outward appearance is or whatever he says to the media or whatever, like at the end of the day the people that know him, know what type of guy he is and know how special of an individual he is."
Kevin Durant seen in a boot and with crutches. #NBAFinalspic.twitter.com/RVMrhXbJeP
Durant was finally cleared to play by the Warriors’ medical staff on Monday and was off to a fantastic start. He made his first two shots he attempted – both 3-pointers – and had 11 points when he went down near the break in the 3-point line opposite Golden State’s bench.
Steph and Andre Iguodala walked with KD all the way back to the locker room as he appeared to have re-injured his leg. #NBAFinalspic.twitter.com/htgWzPJIU4
Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters, “I don't want to put too much of a burden on him. It's been a while, we don't know how it's going to go, how it's going to look, but just his mere presence makes a huge difference for us, so we'll start him and play him in short bursts and see how he responds physically, see if his wind is OK and as the game goes, we'll try to figure it out from there.”
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors also announced that Kevon Looney was done for the game after re-aggravating his injury.
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