Warriors coach Steve Kerr summed up Game 5 perfectly.
“An incredible win,” Kerr said, “and a horrible loss.”
Despite Golden State’s thrilling comeback victory to keep its three-peat hopes alive, Monday night’s game will forever be remembered for Kevin Durant’s exit.
Early in the second quarter of the 106-105 Golden State win over Toronto, Durant tried to drive the ball forward, but on his first step something in the back of his right leg appeared to pop. He tried to continue, but on his second step he knew something was very wrong and he let go of the ball and hopped over to the side on his other leg, slumping to a seat on the court.
At first it looked like he re-injured his calf, but the Warriors’ GM Bob Myers later announced it might actually be a torn Achilles.
After the game, KD took to his Instagram Stories to share his thoughts: “Dub nation gonna be loud as f--k for game 6. I’m hurting deep in the soul right now I can’t lie but seeing my brothers get this win was like taking a shot of tequila, i got new life lol. #dubs”
Since sustaining this second injury, many have also taken to social media to share their well wishes:
1. From the legend who says he can still kick your a--
Hall of Famer Bill Russell posted his well wishes to Durant on Twitter, along with a photo of he and Durant after Golden State won the chip in 2018: “Proud of all the players on @Raptors & @warriors banding together to support #KevinDurant No one wants to see anyone get injured we are all humans first. @KDTrey5 showed tonight what it is to have heart & be a true team player. We are praying for a quick recovery @NBA #NBAFinals”
2. ‘Keep the Family Close’
Rapper and Raptors super fan Drake put friendship over competition in a post he shared on his Instagram about Durant, which also included a photo of KD smiling in a ‘Been Through the Fire’ sweatshirt: “Was tough for any of us to even enjoy that game tonight after seeing this transpire. Praying for our brother. That’s my only concern tonight is your well being. ‘The game needs me’ is an understatement when it comes to 35. Please wish the best for this true warrior.