Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Game 5 score, how to watch
- Author: Michelle Webb Jun 12, 2019,
Jun 12, 2019, 0:31
Let's allow Charles Barkley to answer the following question: Is there somebody to blame for the Achilles injury sustained by Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors? He is set to receive an MRI on June 11 for an official diagnosis, but the Warriors' president of basketball operations, Bob Myers, confirmed after the game that it was definitely an achilles injury.
Earlier in the day, coach Steve Kerr said a decision had not yet been made about Durant's availability for Game 5.
"At that time I felt that he probably wanted to get us some rest", Leonard said. They came back three nights later (and on the road) to make more than twice as many, and they needed every last one. "He's a good teammate, he's a good person, it's not fair". But since they were down 3-1, he was forced to return based on all of the chatter that we knew was going to take place.
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Myers said Durant's first injury of this postseason was a calf injury, as the Warriors have insisted throughout.
The Warriors won, 106-105, and now trail the series 3-2 heading back to Oakland, Calif., on Thursday for Game 6. Durant was helped off the court by Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry and a Warriors trainer and into the locker room. The line started shrinking Sunday, when it was announced Durant would practice with the Warriors. He got emotional as he addressed the media to give an update on KD's condition, and even fought back tears as he struggled to find the right words to say. Depending on the severity of Durant's injury, and the duration of his recovery, it could have a domino effect on the off-season. He had 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting - including a flawless 3-for-3 from distance - in 12 minutes of action. Even the Raptors cultural ambassador, Drake, appeared shaken, sending heartfelt well wishes to his friendly rival on Instagram after the game, calling him a "true warrior" and admitting that the game wasn't enjoyable after seeing the injury.
Durant, who had been sidelined for several weeks since straining his right calf muscle during the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trailblazers, returned to the court Monday night. As John Clark of NBC Sports revealed, the crowd was first cheering after Durant's injury, leading to players attempting to stop fans from doing so. "Nobody should have to go through something like that".