The Golden State Warriors survived Game 5 to extend the NBA Finals at least one more game on Monday night, but in the process, they lost one of their superstars – Kevin Durant – to injury. Unfortunately, Durant’s injury, and the way Toronto fans reacted to it, is overshadowing the game.
For the first few seconds after Durant’s injury, you could hear Raptors fans cheering – likely because they knew that they now had a better shot at winning the NBA title. Players on the team – namely Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Serge Ibaka – expressed their displeasure with their own fans in the aftermath.
After the game, Warriors star Steph Curry was asked about the whole situation. He gave an incredible response.
“I’ve been in this city for – I’ve lived here, I really enjoyed the people and their passion and excitement for not only the game, but just when you come into town they just enjoy life and they’re nice people. Very confused around that reaction. It’s not my experience with the people of this city, and I commend obviously Danny Green and Kyle Lowry especially I think they were the ones that were kind of signaling to the crowd, like, let’s check ourselves a little bit and understand this is about an individual, a human being and not, oh, shoot he’s out, he’s hurt, we won the championship. Like that was probably their initial thought and you hate to see that when a guy’s going through pain like that.
Again, that’s not my experience with this city and I just hope that ugliness doesn’t show itself again as we go forward in this series.”
#Raptors fans disgustingly cheered when Kevin Durant got hurt.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 11, 2019
Curry’s father Dell played for the Raptors from 1999-2002 – hence the reason he’s lived in Toronto.
Durant’s injury, initially thought to be a reaggravation of his calf pull, now looks like it’s going to wind up being a torn Achilles. His season is likely over.
Meanwhile, the Warriors will head back to California trailing 3-2 in the series. Game 6 will come on Thursday.