The Golden State Warriors were able to build on Kevin Durant in Game 5 of the finals – at least for a few minutes. KD was in the starting five, but he was injured at the beginning of the second quarter – the Warriors expect the worst.
“We’re all worried and thinking of Kevin,” Head Coach Steve Kerr was quoted after the half-time break by ESPN reporter Doris Burke. More details about the injury of Durant, which he had incurred at the beginning of the second quarter, the 53-year-old, however, could not yet share. That’s what General Manager Bob Myers did after the game.
Previously, the 30-year-old had a strong comeback in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. KD missed the finals so far; the superstar was out for more than a month with a calf injury.
In the first minutes of the game, however, he played impressively. His first three attempts from Downtown all ended up in the basket; Durant led the Warriors to an early lead. But after a few minutes in the second quarter, KD was injured. In a move to the basket only two minutes into the quarter, the two-time NBA Finals MVP pulled up, clutching his injured right calf. Together with Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry and Myers, Durant was taken to the locker room. The Warriors expect a rupture of the Achilles tendon.
Myers took the blame, but this was a KD decision in the end. What were the internal conversations only the Warriors know, but everybody knew he was far from 100% and the baffling thing is saying he will be playing without any minutes restriction and being out there for the first 12 out of 14 minutes – has to be connected.
All we can do now is with KD a speedy recovery.