The Warriors said Durant would not return to the game and an MRI was scheduled Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury. "And to tell you something about Kevin Durant", the general manager said, "Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong".
Durant's Achilles injury is known to be one of the worst types of injuries in basketball, but recent advances in medicine and training have made it possible to bounce back from the problematic injury after as little as one year of rehab. He's a good teammate, good person.
Ironically, the injury that robbed Durant of a possible third consecutive Finals MVP might just be the thing that elevates his reputation at the franchise, especially if they lose the series to the Raptors without him.
Durant, who missed the first four games of this final series with a debilitating calf injury, had come back for game five in a bid to help his team stave off elimination.
It was an extraordinary finish to a drama-filled match, with Golden State stealing it 106-105 to take a 2-3 deficit back to Oakland where they will host Game 6. We really guarded in the second half; we held them to 22 each quarter, and I felt good at that point. But that came to a screeching halt when the extremely large lad went down a few moments into the second quarter clutching the bothersome right leg that's kept him on the sidelines since the Warriors' Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against Houston over a month ago.
The two-time defending champion Warriors showed true grit, writes CBS Sports' Jack Maloney. The line started shrinking Sunday, when it was announced Durant would practice with the Warriors.
Raptors fans initially cheered as Durant went down, but then recognized the extent of the injury and erupted into "KD!" "This too shall pass", she said, "God Bless you ALL". "I would like to say I would guarantee the win - who knows how it's going to end up - but we're going to give everything we got". The team suspects Durant tore his Achilles, ESPN reported.
The Warriors were ahead for most of the game but the Raptors took a late fourth quarter lead on a key three-pointer from Kawhi Leonard.
Durant still managed to put in 11 points and grab two rebounds in 12 minutes.
He won't be out there again this season.