Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant suffered a calf injury in the team’s series against the Houston Rockets.
After missing the Western Conference Finals and the first four games of the NBA Finals, Durant attempted to come back before he was fully healthy.
Despite being cleared by the training staff, Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Game 5.
Durant confirmed the injury on his Instagram page and said he’s already undergone surgery to repair the injury.
Just a day later, one ESPN analyst is suggesting the Warriors’ team doctors “misdiagnosed” Durant before he made his return to the court for Game 5.
Here’s what Jay Williams had to say, via For The Win:
“Ultimately I think this falls on the Golden State Warriors. He got misdiagnosed. He got misdiagnosed. And I know for a fact he was told that with a torn calf, a partially torn calf, that it unloaded the pressure on the Achilles, and that there was no chance that the Achilles could be injured at all. And for that to happen in the first half of a ballgame, I think just…. I can’t even fathom that.”
It’s a bold accusation from Williams. And yet, given the result of Durant playing in the game, it’s difficult to argue with.
Durant will likely miss the 2019-20 season as a result of his injury. Meanwhile, the Warriors take on the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.