KD Leaves Game 5 with RIght-Calf Strain, Set to Undergo MRI

Mae Harvey
May 12, 2019

He will miss the rest of the second-round series.

Without Durant, the Warriors rallied to win Game 5 in Oakland on Wednesday.

Most who were watching the game feared that Durant had suffered the same fate as teammate DeMarcus Cousins - a torn Achilles.

Considering how great Durant has performed throughout these playoffs, it's imperative for Golden State that he returns to the hardwood soon. Rarely is a switch flipped so immediately and so forcefully.

How the Rockets adjust defensively in Game 6 will determine if their season again comes to an end at the hands of the Warriors.

We will see about a lot.

The nostalgia extended past Curry's revival. Curry and Thompson combined for 64 points, draining 14-of-28 from deep, Harden scored 32 points on 10-of-24 shooting and committed nine turnovers. Game 6, 9 p.m. EDT, ESPN.

"You lose your best player, it's deflating", Thompson admitted.

Now, Harden and the Rockets have yet another chance to get past the team that's turned them into an also-ran. But this one was close.

Both Kerr and Warriors guard Stephen Curry noted that Durant was understandably down after the injury, but there was a palpable sense of relief within the locker room that his injury wasn't more severe.

Durant's injury occurred innocently enough after he hit a jumper from the right side with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. "You could see the look on his face". During the timeout, we all looked at each other. We'll see how Kevin is doing (Thursday). The initial reaction from the media was that he possibly hurt his Achilles, which would be devastating for him and the Golden State Warriors. Kerr was so pleased with his team's response that he dotted his post-game press conference with an extended, and profane, soccer analogy.

"We are all disappointed for him". "It is a do-or-die but I feel good about it", coach Mike D'Antoni said. "That was an unbelievable victory". And seeing a Durant-less Dubs should be the thing that motivates the Rockets to take advantage.

The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, but Durant's status cast a shadow over the win.

"If Kevin is out, then what you saw in the fourth quarter is what you're gonna have to see going forward", Kerr said. "We'll have to reconfigure the rotation".

Steve Kerr already ruled out Kevin Durant for Warriors-Rockets Game 6 on Friday, but the news got even worse for the warriors if the series against the Rockets gets pushed to a Game 7. A combination of Kevon Looney, Shaun Livington and Jonas Jerebko?

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