TORONTO (CBS SF) — An injured Kevin Durant was helped off the court just minutes into the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Durant was back Monday night after being sidelined with a calf injury during their second round series against the Houston Rockets.READ MORE: UPDATE: Cal Fire Crews Reach 80% Containment on Fremont Fire Near Napa-Sonoma County Line
He got hurt on a dribble on the right wing, coming up lame on a crossover move and falling to the floor. He grabbed the back of his leg, appeared to grab below the calf and more toward the Achilles area, and needed help to limp to the bench area and more help to get back to the Warriors’ locker room.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was on Durant’s left side as they made the long walk back to the room, and general manager Bob Myers and guard Stephen Curry were in the group immediately behind them.
Durant scored 11 points in the first quarter prior to being injured.
Durant had been cleared by the Warriors’ medical staff after Game 4, and participated in both a practice session Sunday and a shootaround practice earlier Monday. The Warriors had said throughout his month-long absence that they did not want him back on the floor until he was right, for fear of this exact scenario — Durant aggravating the injury and having no chance of returning this season.READ MORE: NHL Clears Evander Kane In Gambling Probe; Faces New Allegations Of Spousal Abuse
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game that Durant had “responded well” to the practices.
“He’s going to play,” Kerr said.
Durant will have an MRI on Tuesday. Warriors General Manager Bob Myers told reporters it was not the same calf injury as before.
“It’s an Achilles injury. I don’t know the extent of it,” said, visibly shaken after the game. “He’ll have an MRI tomorrow.”
“If you have to, blame me,” he said.MORE NEWS: Posey, Bryant Lead Giants Past Padres, Increase NL West Lead To 2 Games
When asked how Durant was feeling, he said, “Kevin just wants to play basketball.”