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Kevin Durant injury: Two NBA players share experience with calf strains

Kevin Durant injury: Two NBA players share experience with calf strains

The immediate reaction was a fear of the worst. Twitter doctors everywhere concluded Kevin Durant tore his right Achilles tendon when left Game 5 during the third quarter Wednesday night. 

A collective deep breath was then felt from Oracle Arena to NBA Twitter from one single tweet. 

Durant suffered a right calf strain and did not return to the Warriors' 104-99 win over the Rockets, which gave the Dubs a three-games-to-two series lead with Game 6 coming Friday. Spurs forward Rudy Gay, however, had a hunch right away that the injury was to the calf and not Durant's Achilles. 

Gay, then a member of the Sacramento Kings, tore his left Achilles tendon in January of 2017. He played 57 games the next season for the Spurs, averaging 11.5 points per game, which was the lowest since his rookie year. 

Eddie Johnson, who played 17 seasons in the NBA, offered insight into what a calf strain could mean for Durant and the Warriors in the playoffs. 

Durant strained his calf last season, too. When the injury occurred, he missed three regular-season games over seven days. Coach Steve Kerr reportedly has already ruled his star forward out for Friday's Game 6.

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Durant will undergo an MRI for further results on Thursday.

Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Keep it rolling.

The Sacramento Kings have strung together six straight victories on their home court, but they'll draw a tough test Monday evening at Golden 1 Center. They'll host a veteran San Antonio Spurs team that is right in the thick of the playoff chase, where they've been for the better part of four decades. 

Sacramento shocked the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday evening, beating one of the beasts of the east by a final of 115-108. Buddy Hield scored 34 points on 7-of-13 shooting from behind the arc and Willie Cauley-Stein stepped up against All-Star Joel Embiid.

The victory pushed the Kings two games over the .500 mark at 27-25, which matched their win total from last season. 

San Antonio is still cruising. They've made it to the playoffs 22 straight seasons under head coach Gregg Popovich, and a shocking 38 out of 42 seasons since joining the NBA for the 1976-77 season. They rely heavily on a group of 30-somethings to deliver night in and night out, including former Kings, Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Sacramento continues their six-game homestand Wednesday with a battle with the Houston Rockets. Miami, and Phoenix will follow, before the Kings finish their pre-All-Star break schedule with a stop in Denver.

Line

Spurs by 2

Projected Lineups

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Spurs
PG Bryn Forbes
SG DeMar DeRozan
SF Dante Cunningham
PF Rudy Gay
C LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury Report

Kings 
No injuries to report.

Spurs
PG Derrick White (heel) and PG DeJounte Murray (knee) are out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Dave Joerger's crew is fresh off a quality win over the Sixers. They survived Philly's big three of Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons, who combined to score 80 points, grab 29 rebounds and dish out 13 assists.

Hield continues to shine in a scoring role for Sacramento. The third-year guard set a new career-high for 3-point makes in a season with 180. He is on pace to set an NBA record for most 3-point makes in the first three years of a player's career, which is currently held by the Blazers' Damian Lillard (599 makes).

Despite a 29-point, 17-rebound outburst from Embiid, Cauley-Stein played one of his better all-around games of the season. With the game on the line heading to the fourth quarter, the 7-footer held Embiid to just two points and three rebounds in the final frame to help the Kings come away with the win.

Spurs

Popovich is one of the greatest coaches the game has ever seen. He's amassed 1,229 regular season wins and has five championship rings in his 23 seasons leading the Spurs.

San Antonio ranks in the middle of the NBA in both points per game (112.6) and points allowed (110.1). They play at the league's 23rd-fastest pace and lead the NBA in 3-point percentage at 40.8 percent, although they are 29th in attempts per game.

Aldridge and DeRozan combine to score over 42 points per game for the Spurs, but it's a deep squad with plenty of players that can hurt you.

Report: Rudy Gay to decline player option with Spurs

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Report: Rudy Gay to decline player option with Spurs

First Kawhi Leonard asked out of San Antonio. Now, veteran forward Rudy Gay is reportedly on the way out.

Gay, who signed a two-year, $17 million contract with the Spurs last summer, is declining his 2018-19 player option, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

The 31-year-old Gay was scheduled to make $8.8 million next season. He will now become an unrestricted free agent.

In 57 games with the Spurs this past season, Gay averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In five playoff games against the Warriors, Gay improved on those numbers, averaging 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Prior to signing with San Antonio, Gay spent three and a half seasons with the Kings. His final season with Sacramento was cut short due to a ruptured Achilles.