KD has calf strain, to be reevaluated next week

KD has calf strain, to be reevaluated next week

KD has calf strain, to be reevaluated next week

Durant's injury occurred with 2:11 left in the third quarter of Game 5 on Wednesday night as he went up for a jumper over Rockets swingman Iman Shumpert.

Golden State's Kevin Durant left Game 5 against the Houston Rockets with a right calf strain and did not return.

Durant suffered the injury after pulling up for a jumpshot along the baseline. The good news is Durant's right calf strain is considered mild, and will be reevaluated in just a week's time. He finished with 22 points in 32 minutes. "But he's not playing Game 6". Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant, the man whose 2016 arrival transformed the Golden State Warriors from incredible to unstoppable, limped to the locker room, and suddenly a dynasty's fate was back in the hands of its founding members. However, in this particular series, James Harden is shooting 36 percent when guarded by Durant and 47 percent when guarded by Curry or Thompson.

"When Kevin went out, Steph just went into a different mindset", Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said.

Both teams had been running up their stars' minutes since Game 1, and the series seemed like it would be decided by who broke first.

Steve Kerr won't have Kevin Durant, who - in Kerr's widely-shared opinion - "has been the best player in the National Basketball Association in these playoffs" for the rest of this series. That's why tonight's Game 5 action may be foretelling for how the series will go.

The Rockets out-rebounded the Warriors 55-35 in their Game 3 win, and then 50-43 on Monday in Game 4 - getting 20 from Clint Capela in the two victories.

Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists. Durant's status for the rest of the postseason - if Golden State beats the Rockets and heads to the conference finals - is up in the air. The Warriors flew home from Houston later Tuesday so players could receive treatment and have some recovery time, and then it was back on the airplane Thursday.

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