Golden State Warriors doctors reportedly believed that Kevin Durant could not injure himself any worse by playing in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night.
Durant, who had missed about a month with a calf injury, returned to Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He suffered what could be a torn Achilles injury in the second quarter.
Prior to the game, ESPN reported that the Warriors’ medical staff believed Durant was not at serious risk of re-injuring himself. Now, his initial injury was a calf one, and this one is believed to be an Achilles one. So, it’s not the same injury, but the calf and the Achilles are obviously connected in some way.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols reported late on Monday night that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr kept saying “the doctors told us he couldn’t get more hurt.”
Nichols said she was walking out of the arena with Kerr.
“He just kept saying that over and over again,” Nichols said. “That’s the pain you see on his face, Bob Myers’ face. They felt responsible for this situation.”
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If Durant did suffer a torn Achilles injury, he’ll be out for at least a full year, in all likelihood. This could dramatically change this summer’s free agency and the NBA’s landscape moving forward.