The scene when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant suffered an injury during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals was tough to watch. After Durant attempted to drive but pulled up and immediately grabbed his leg, it was unknown how severe the injury was. But one thing that was apparent immediately was that it occurred on the same leg as his previous injury.
While there were mixed reactions from fans, one person who was visibly upset by seeing Durant getting helped off the floor was rapper and Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador Drake. As seen below, courtesy of ESPN, Drake couldn’t believe the injury and attempted to console the Warriors star.
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Warriors GM Reveals Kevin Durant Suffered Achilles Injury
Shortly after the Warriors had won Game 5 of the series which now sends the action back to Golden State, bad news came on Durant’s outlook. As Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported, general manager Bob Myers revealed that Durant suffered an Achilles injury.
Myers was emotional during the postgame press conference, and Def Pen Hoops showed the scene as he fought back tears addressing Durant’s injury.
Myers also confirmed that Durant will have an MRI on his leg Tuesday to find out the severity of the injury.
Raptors Fans React to Kevin Durant Injury
Virtually the moment came after Durant’s injury, some mixed reactions from the Raptors fanbase began. As John Clark of NBC Sports revealed, the crowd was first cheering after Durant’s injury, leading to players attempting to stop fans from doing so.
But shortly after that scene played out, the fans appeared to flip the script and began cheering for Durant in a more positive fashion. As Yahoo Sports Canada shows, the crowd chanted “KD” as the forward was helped off the floor, just prior to his interaction with Drake.
The scene with Durant is obviously concerning, especially when you consider this was his first game back from a strained calf which he suffered in the second round against the Houston Rockets. He missed the end of that series and the entire Western Conference Finals along with the first four games of the NBA Finals.
Kevin Durant Leaves After Injury on Crutches With Walking Boot
The concern over Durant’s injury was escalated even more when he was spotted leaving the arena during the third quarter. Phil Barber of the Press Democrat revealed that he was seen using crutches.
Beyond that, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne pointed out that Durant was also wearing a walking boot as he left the arena. After the MRI on Tuesday, we’ll be sure to update with any additional information which comes to light, but hopefully Durant is able to recover quickly from the injury.