Kevon Looney

Andre Iguodala forced injured Kevon Looney to stop playing in Game 5

Andre Iguodala forced injured Kevon Looney to stop playing in Game 5

Kevin Durant wasn't the only Warrior to go down with an injury Monday night. 

As the team willed its way to a season-saving 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Golden State continued to be bit by the injury bug. Durant injured his right Achilles tendon in the second quarter, and big man Kevon Looney also exited early.

Looney aggravated the same chest injury that forced him to miss Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. He was in clear pain throughout the game, and it took a teammate to finally get him off the court.

"Kevon couldn't play tonight," Warriors forward Andre Iguodala told reporters after the win. "I had to tell him, 'Don't play anymore.' "

The 23-year-old somehow managed to play 18 minutes off the bench. He scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and was plus-4 on the night.

Iguodala went on to highlight the Warriors' brotherhood and how they have been able to rally despite injuries so often in the playoffs. Whether it's an injury to Iguodala, Durant, Looney, DeMarcus Cousins or even Steph Curry, Golden State has stayed alive.

"People have no clue what goes into that and how we feel about each other," Iguodala said. "What we've been able to accomplish with what's been thrown at us -- and it's so negative -- that's actually strengthened us."

[RELATED: KD watched end of Game 5 win, FaceTimed with Draymond]

Looney originally was injured in the Warriors' Game 2 win last week. He initially was ruled out for the remainder of The Finals, but he fought his way back into the lineup for Game 4 and beyond. 

Despite aggravating his injury, Looney told reporters he expects to play in Game 6 on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Kevon Looney aggravates chest injury, doesn't return to NBA Finals Game 5

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Kevon Looney aggravates chest injury, doesn't return to NBA Finals Game 5

The Warriors lost another injured player in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night.

The team announced that Kevon Looney aggravated the same chest injury that forced him to miss Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, and he did not return during the Warriors' 106-105 win at Scotiabank Arena.

Looney picked up the injury during the Warriors' Game 2 win last week. The 23-year-old initially was ruled out for the remainder of The Finals, but he returned to the lineup once it was determined he could play through the injury. Before Game 4, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters there was "no long-term risk involved with him playing."

[RELATED: Warriors GM Myers tearfully reveals KD's Achilles injury]

For his part, Looney seemed to be in high spirits after Game 5. He told reporters that he expects to play in Game 6 on Thursday night.

So, Kevin Durant likely won't be able to play in the last game at Oracle Arena, but Looney just might.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 106-105 Game 5 win vs. Raptors

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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 106-105 Game 5 win vs. Raptors

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TORONTO -- They’re taking it back to Oakland.

Knowing they would be without Kevin Durant over the final 34 minutes, the Warriors showed plenty of pluck Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and held on for a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 57 points, and the Warriors shot 20-of-42 from beyond the arc -- with a Thompson triple with 57.6 seconds remaining putting the Warriors ahead for good.

After Durant went down in the second quarter and Kevon Looney (aggravating his chest injury) joined him in the third quarter, the Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to fight off the relentless Raptors. Toronto took a brief fourth-quarter lead before the Warriors closed it out.

Here are three takeaways from a game in which the Warriors showed an abundance of grit:

The Return of Durant

Durant’s return to the lineup after a 32-day absence due to a strained right calf was going wonderfully -- until he re-injured his calf with the Warriors leading 39-34 and 9:46 remaining in the second quarter.

Guarded by Toronto big man Serge Ibaka on the perimeter, Durant made a move to his left, landing with a lot of force on his right foot and immediately limped away holding his calf area. He was assisted into the locker room and did not return.

Durant left the arena on crutches and in a walking boot. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI test on Tuesday in the Bay Area.

The crowd initially rejoiced at Durant’s misfortune before Ibaka (a former teammate in Oklahoma City) patted KD on the head and urged the crowd to tone it down, at which point they cheered Durant’s exit.

Durant’s presence changed the entire dynamic of the Warriors at both ends, but his offense was surprisingly sharp. He scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from deep, and grabbed two rebounds. He played 12 minutes.

They overcame Curry's cool second half

Stephen Curry, clearly benefitting from Durant’s return, had a terrific first half, scoring 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep and 6-of-6 from the line. He looked energized and appeared to be headed for a big night.

Well, no. Curry never was able to find any lasting rhythm in the second half, scoring only eight points on 3-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-9 beyond the arc.

He, however, did produce eight assists and seven rebounds, playing 41 minutes and finishing minus-2.

Thompson’s 14 second-half points, including four 3-pointers helped offset Curry’s slide.

Boogie bounces back

After playing well in Game 2, DeMarcus Cousins struggled mightily in Games 3 and 4 in Oakland and was languishing on the bench when he entered the game to replace Andrew Bogut with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter.

The move, which corresponded with Durant’s exit, undoubtedly was made in an effort to provide some of the offense lost without KD.

[RELATED: Watch moment that KD's right calf popped during Game 5]

Cousins delivered, scoring nine points in six first-half minutes and also was solid in the second half.

The big man totaled 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. He was minus-4 over 20 minutes.