The Golden State Warriors defeated the Toronto Raptors on Monday to force a Game 6 in the NBA Finals. But it was a Pyrrhic victory as star forward Kevin Durant suffered a severe leg injury that was widely believed to be a torn Achilles.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Warriors released a statement on Durant confirming that the injury was a ruptured Achilles. Per the statement, he underwent surgery in New York earlier in the day and it was deemed successful.
Durant missed the previous nine games with a calf injury, but was cleared for Game 5. Despite a strong start, Durant went down with the injury in the middle of the second quarter.
The Warriors were visibly distraught when Durant went down, as several of his teammates helped him get to the locker room.
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Durant’s injury also puts numerous NBA teams in a difficult position as they will now have to approach signing him with a greater degree of risk-reward in the upcoming free agency period.
While he does have a $31.5 million player option, it’s still widely believed he will leave Golden State, or at least not opt into the final year of his contract, at the end of the season.
The timeframe for that kind of injury for a player his size is upwards of nine to fourteen months.