Kevin Durant Leaves Game 5 Early due to Strained Calf, Does Not Return
Already playing without DeMarcus Cousins who suffered a torn quad muscle earlier in the playoffs, the defending NBA champions took another huge hit.
On Wednesday night, in the winding minutes of the third quarter of Game 5, Golden State Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant appeared to hurt his achilles after going up for a jump shot. As Durant began limping off into the Warriors locker room, commentator Reggie Miller immediately reminded viewers that the injury was eerily reminiscent of when Kobe Bryant tore his achilles.
Kevin Durant goes to the locker room after suffering an apparent non-contact injury on lower leg pic.twitter.com/JCLv3szwz8
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 9, 2019
Fortunately, the worst case scenario did not become a reality, as the team revealed that Durant has suffered a calf strain, which held him out for the remainder of the game. The Warriors persevered and stole a pivotal Game 5 win by a score of 104-99 on the backs of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry who both came up big down the stretch.
It is still uncertain if Durant will be available for the remainder of the series. Game 6 is slated for Friday evening in Houston.
The star forward is expected to exercise his opt-out clause this offseason and enter free agency.