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Quinn Cook honors Kevin Durant before Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals Game 6

Quinn Cook honors Kevin Durant before Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals Game 6

No one on the Golden State Warriors has a connection with Kevin Durant quite like Quinn Cook.

The friendship between the two players goes back to their days growing up in the Washington D.C. area.

So Durant's Achilles injury hits close to home for Cook.

Before Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Cook honored his childhood friend by wearing a Durant No. 35 t-shirt during his pregame warmups.

Durant, who hadn't played since May 8, ruptured his right Achilles early in the second quarter of Game 5 in Toronto on Monday. On Wednesday, Durant announced on Instagram that he had surgery to repair the injury.

After practice Wednesday, Cook spoke to The New York Post about Durant's injury.

“He’s going to come back 10 times better," Cook said. "That’s what kind of a person he is. The only thing about his future, Kevin Durant is going to be back 10 times better than ever. There’s no question about that. He’s not going to be the same player. He’s going to be better.”

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Whether or not Durant will be back with the Warriors next season is up in the air. He holds a $31.5 million player option for the 2019-20 season but is expected to decline it and become a free agent. The Warriors can offer Durant more years and more money than any other team, but no one really knows what Durant wants in his next deal.

For now, Cook and the Warriors are playing for Durant as they try to win the final game at Oracle Arena and send the NBA Finals back to Toronto for a decisive Game 7.

Quinn Cook confirms 'fake timeout' in NBA Finals Game 5, explains mindset

Quinn Cook confirms 'fake timeout' in NBA Finals Game 5, explains mindset

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Early in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Warriors guard Quinn Cook did something that took a lot of guts.

Just watch for yourself:

After Golden State's 106-105 win over the Raptors, ESPN's Zach Lowe spoke with Cook about the play:

"I practice that in my mind. Anytime Steve tells me to take [a timeout], I think about doing it." (Cook said Kerr indeed asked for a timeout, and you can see Kerr signaling for one.) "It's an NBA thing. You kinda point at the ref. But when I went to point the ref, Norman Powell cut me off, so I made a move."  

Cook says Curry does it now and then, but Cook has been a little wary of stepping out of his lane. He also worried this column might put Toronto onto the scent. I don't think so. The fake timeout works.

If you gamble like Cook did, you better win the bet.

Does he take that risk if he hadn't just hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors an 88-82 lead? Perhaps that gave him the confidence to give it a shot.

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With Kevin Durant out with a torn right Achilles tendon, Cook should play big minutes in Game 6 on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Perhaps he has another trick up his sleeve...

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Watch Quinn Cook set up key bucket when coach Steve Kerr wanted timeout

Watch Quinn Cook set up key bucket when coach Steve Kerr wanted timeout

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Unfortunately, the moment that people will always remember from Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors is that Kevin Durant most likely tore his right Achilles tendon early in the second quarter.

Sure, people will remember the comeback in the closing minutes when Klay Thompson hit two 3-pointers and Steph Curry hit one as well. They will talk about Draymond Green blocking Kyle Lowry's potential game-winning 3-point attempt.

But KD's injury forever will be the main takeaway, and that's extremely justified.

On that note, Warriors guard Quinn Cook did something early in the fourth quarter that understandably was lost in the shuffle of the craziness Monday night.

Just watch this:

That is ... nuts!

Shaun Livingston never even appears in the video because he was in the backcourt ready to go to the bench.

Steph Curry and Draymond Green were at the scorer's table and coach Steve Kerr wanted a timeout so he could get his two star players into the game.

But Cook -- who had hit a 3-pointer moments prior to give the Dubs an 88-82 lead -- called his own shot and delivered.

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What would have happened to the backup guard if Jordan Bell missed the shot and the Raptors came down and scored?

Perhaps somebody needs to ask Kerr when he speaks to reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

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