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Latest Kevin Durant Update From Doctor and Trainer Proves He May Never Be the Same Again

TORONTO,ONTARIO - JUNE 10:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors goes down with an apparent achilles injury during action against the Toronto Raptors in Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The Warriors' decision to medically clear Kevin Durant for Game 5 of the NBA Finals may have permanently altered the career of arguably the best and most consistent player in the game.

Following the surgery to repair his torn Achilles, both a doctor and trainer agree that Durant will never be the same again.

"He's not going to be an 82-game-a-year," said a doctor.

"I think you're going to likely see at least a step back," added trainer Jeff Stotts. "At least, that's what the studies show—that there is going to be a dip in productivity."

It's a tough pill to swallow. It seems unlikely that fans will ever get to see Durant's true dominance again.

Approaching the age of 31, the road to recovery is likely to be an arduous one for Durant. After all, rehabbing an injury of this magnitude is difficult at any age.

We shouldn't count Durant out entirely, but the odds are decidedly against him given his age and the severity of his injury.