In so many ways, it's not great news. But for now, fans of the Golden State Warriors, it's time to breathe a sigh of relief.
Based on the latest statement from the team, Kevin Durant has no Achilles injury to speak of after exiting Wednesday night's Game 5 against the Rockets. He's said to have a right calf strain, which will hold him out of the rest of the game at the very least.
Kevin Durant (right calf strain) will not return to tonight's game.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 9, 2019
The severity of this ailment is unknown, but it's perfectly likely that KD is forced to miss additional games-- and based on what that means for the Warriors, there's no way to know for sure that his season isn't effectively done.
Or, depending how free agency goes, his Warriors tenure entirely.
Now for the bad news, imagine that if the calf strain was bad enough for KD to have to leave the game, he won't be back this series— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) May 9, 2019
Fans and experts alike feared the worst when Durant pulled up lame, as numerous observers noted that he behaved as one often does when they tear their Achilles tendon. As far as we know, such a thing hasn't happened. But that doesn't mean the outlook isn't still suddenly bleak for the two-time defending champs.