Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant had to leave the game after coming up lame in what appeared to be a potential serious non-contact injury.
Before the game ended, those in the know informed us that Durant suffered a right calf strain instead of the dreaded achilles tear we all feared, but some of us weren't confident in the swift diagnosis.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed on Thursday afternoon, post-MRI, that it's a mild calf strain, and that he'll be re-evaluated next week. Unfortunately, "next week" leaves him out of this series.
Golden State’s Kevin Durant has suffered a mild strain on his right calf and expected to be re-evaluated next week, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 9, 2019
Naturally, Golden State is still leaving the door open for Durant returning for the Western Conference Finals against Denver or Portland.
Warriors will have to find a way to beat Houston in Western Conference semifinals, but Kevin Durant could be back for the Western Finals. https://t.co/NpwRRAPXkh— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 9, 2019
All in all, this is great news for the Warriors, especially after how well they banded together behind Steph Curry in Wednesday's final quarter. Initially, it seemed that Durant may have ruptured his Achilles or something along those lines, as he looked behind himself like he'd tripped on something (which is associated with Achilles injuries) and reached down to his leg.
Even though KD might be the best player in the NBA and is a super talent, the Warriors played beautiful, more fluid basketball once Durant left the game. Nobody is saying the Warriors are better without KD, but they still have the firepower to close this series out.