Kevin Durant to Miss Remainder of the Finals After Tearing Achilles
“An incredible win, and a horrible loss.”
In the aftermath of stealing a Game 5 in Toronto, there was not a single smile in the Golden State Warriors locker room on Monday night. A hard-fought victory was tainted by a devastating injury to Kevin Durant, who made his return in Game 5 after sitting out with a calf injury for the past five weeks.
The injury he suffered last night looked much more serious and as Durant left the arena in a walking boot with the help of crutches, the Warriors understood that this may be the last time the superstar forward ever dons a blue and gold jersey again. Durant is set to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, but the feeling around the organization is that the 30-year old has torn his Achilles tendon and will miss more than just the remainder of the Finals.
I'm not sure if he's being authentic or just doesn't want to take a lot of heat for risking a player by playing him too early but hopefully he is authentic and Bob Myers definitely seem to love his players. Just sad things ended up like this.pic.twitter.com/deaR4ci62a
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 11, 2019
“I just told the team I didn’t know what to say,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “On the one hand I’m so proud of them, the amazing heart and grit that they showed. On the other, I’m just devastated for Kevin. And so, it’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now. An incredible win, and a horrible loss at the same time.”
“It’s an Achilles injury.”
Warriors general manager Bob Myers couldn’t hold back his tears in his post-game press conference as he relayed what was already a certainty to the media.
“The initial injury was a calf injury,” Myers said. “This is not a calf injury.”
Pay attention to how #KevinDurant right calf contracts violently. Beleive it or not, the strength of the gasteocnemius muscle contracting so quickly/forcefully is what tears the Achilles tendon. pic.twitter.com/odCSgdNiGF
— David J. Chao (@ProFootballDoc) June 11, 2019
Durant scored 11 points in his 12 minutes of game time, making all three of his shots from long range. No one can question the heart and toughness of Durant, who gave the Warriors the bump they needed at the onset of a must-win contest.
In other news, Kevon Looney looked to have re-aggrevated his collarbone in the Game 5 win. He left the game and was unable to return. The Warriors will provide an update on his Game 6 status when more information becomes available.
As the Finals continue in Game 6, the Warriors enter survival mode with the hopes of extending the series to a Game 7 despite battling a plethora of injuries.