When Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant appeared to tweak his right calf injury in the first half of Game 5, concern was understandably at an incredibly high level. But when the scene after halftime of the NBA Finals matchup against the Toronto Raptors was revealed, the concern escalated even more.
While Durant needed help getting off the floor following the injury, Phil Barber of the Press Democrat revealed that he was spotted with crutches leaving the arena during the second half.
It’s unknown exactly what this means for the severity, and it was revealed that an MRI is set for Tuesday to figure out exactly what happened to Durant’s leg. As The Athletic’s Anthony Slater pointed out, though, when he suffered the first injury back in the second round, Durant limped out in regular shoes.
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As Durant left the arena, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne also pointed out that he was wearing a walking boot. There’s certainly a decent chance that this is just the team and Durant being cautious with the injury, but there’s some concern that it could point to a more severe injury.
Kevin Durant Injury Update From GM Bob Myers
Following Golden State’s Game 5 win, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that general manager Bob Myers said Durant suffered an Achilles injury. He will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.
It was an emotional scene as Myers addressed the injury, and Def Pen Hoops showed the scene as he spoke on Durant after the game.
Kevin Durant’s Injury: Warriors Star Goes Down & Grabs Leg
The scene following Durant’s injury was tough to watch, as it was immediately apparent that it was the same leg as his previous injury. He missed the end of the team’s second-round matchup, the entire Western Conference Finals, and each NBA Finals game up until Monday night with a strained calf.
Durant’s injury in this game came during the second quarter, as he attempted to cross over and drive but immediately grabbed his right leg and went to the floor. Shortly after he called to the sidelines for trainers to come over, as SportsCenter showed.
As Durant was helped off the floor, a major scene played out when fans appeared to cheer about it, leading to players from both teams attempting to quiet the crowd. John Clark of NBC Sports revealed the scene after the injury.
Although this was certainly not what you want to see, it appears the Raptors fans opted to change their tune almost immediately. As Yahoo Sports Canada shows, the chants then shifted to “KD” in a positive fashion while the forward left the court.