Toronto Raptors fans are facing some criticism for what they did after Kevin Durant went down with an injury in the second quarter of tonight’s NBA Finals game.
Durant, who was playing for the first time in a month, had looked great through one-plus quarters, but he went down with an injury early in the second quarter.
The All-NBA forward attempted to plant his right leg near the 3-point line and immediately came up limping, grabbing near his calf.
Durant had missed about a month with a strained calf before returning to the court tonight.
Oh no, KD pic.twitter.com/PdPuAnXRXL
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 11, 2019
Some Raptors fans erupted in cheers when Durant went down with his injury.
Raptors fans cheering Kevin Durant’s injury
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 11, 2019
Yikes. I've never heard applause like that FOR an injury. Not a good look, #Raptors fans.
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) June 11, 2019
Raptors fans are disgraceful af cheering at KD’s injury smh
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) June 11, 2019
Poor form by Raptors fans. Man.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) June 11, 2019
Raptors players quickly attempted to tell their fans to shut up. The fans responded by applauding Durant as he headed off the floor.
Major props to the Raptors players for getting the situation under control. Cheering for an injury is unbelievable, no matter who you’re a fan of or what team you’re pulling for.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 11, 2019
Raptors players are telling their fans to not cheer KD's injury. Now they're cheering him
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) June 11, 2019
Durant had scored 11 points and grabbed two rebounds in 12 minutes of play before getting injured in the second quarter.
The Warriors have responded well following Durant’s injury, as Golden State is leading Toronto, 48-37.