Charles Barkley blames Warriors for Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

Charles Barkley blames Warriors for Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

Should he or shouldn't he have played?

It's the question looming after Game 5 of the NBA Finals following the moment Warriors forward Kevin Durant went down on the court and clung to his lower leg. It was determined to be an Achilles injury, and an MRI test will occur Tuesday afternoon. 

Durant is flying to New York for further evaluations, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday.

So should Durant have played? Maybe, maybe not. But Hall of Fame player turned basketball analyst Charles Barkley said there is indeed someone to blame for the injury, and it's the team.

"That was not right," Barkley said on ESPN's "Get Up."

"They shouldn't have put that man out there," he added.

Barkley also said "it's the worst injury you could have," and he can't think of any player who had come back to play at the pinnacle they once were.

The 10-time NBA All-Star had been sidelined with what was originally reported to be a right calf strain that occurred last month.

As KD limped away during the teams' 106-105 win over the Raptors, even Toronto superfan Drake supported him with a pat on the back. The rapper, who had been trolling the Warriors throughout the entirety of the playoffs, grimaced as Durant was escorted to the Warriors' locker room.

Tears flowed from Durant's teammates, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers had trouble speaking during his press conference where he announced Durant's Achilles injury.

Everyone was impacted

[RELATED: KD's mom sends message to those questioning heart]

There's no question KD wanted to be there for his teammates. And the way each and every one of them reacted when he went down proved that he plays a crucial role for the defending champions.

Durant took to social media as he does following the Dubs' victory saying as much as he was hurting -- perhaps both physically and emotionally -- the outcome made him feel great, like, shot of tequila great.

Warriors' Steve Kerr regrets 'embarrassing' 2019 China-Hong Kong comments

Warriors' Steve Kerr regrets 'embarrassing' 2019 China-Hong Kong comments

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey created a significant controvery last October with his tweet showing support for the protestors in Hong Kong.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr -- who was asked about the issue a couple of days later -- wishes he handled his response differently.

"That was a really, really uncomfortable position to be in," Kerr told Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos this week on KQED's "Political Breakdown" podcast. "China has been a partner in the NBA -- and across America with thousands of companies -- so all of a sudden, when the human rights issues really are being exposed and you're asked about it, it's like, 'Oh, wait a second.' 

"I was sort of deer in the headlights when I was asked about it. And I think it caught a lot of us by surprise. I handled it horribly. I regret my answer to this day. I sort of gave it 'no comment,' and then said something else. It was really embarrassing.

"But that's part of the deal when you're part of the public eye and you choose to speak out. You have to take that. You gotta be ready. You're gonna screw up sometimes."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

So what were Kerr's original comments?

"It's a really bizarre international story, and a lot of us don't know what to make of it," he said to reporters. "So it's something I'm reading about just like everybody is, but I'm not going to comment further than that.

"What I've found is that it's easy to speak on issues that I'm passionate about and that I feel like I'm well-versed on, and I've found that it makes the most sense to stick to topics that fall in that category.

"So I try to keep my comments to those things, and so it's not difficult. It's more I'm just trying to learn."

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram

Warriors' Steph Curry might wear Mavericks uniform as virtual fan

Warriors' Steph Curry might wear Mavericks uniform as virtual fan

Steph Curry is not physically in Orlando for the restart to the 2019-20 NBA season.

But the Warriors superstar could be making a virtual appearance in the bubble when the Dallas Mavericks take the court in the playoffs.

"When they get to the first round, I might be in there and wear my Dallas uniform and make everybody go crazy," Steph recently told CNBC's Jabari Young.

Why would the two-time NBA MVP do this? The answer is simple: His brother, Seth, plays for the Mavs.

The hope is that Seth is in uniform if and when this happens, as he missed Dallas' last two games because of right leg soreness.

Seth is having a terrific season, averaging 12.5 points and 2.0 assists, while shooting just under 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc.

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

The Mavs practically are locked into the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, and most likely will face the LA Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

As for Steph, there's an outside chance he can watch his little brother take the court in person -- not through virtual technology -- later this month.

[RELATED: Why Draymond is 'strongly against' a second NBA bubble]

The Athletic's Sam Amick reported Friday morning that the NBA is exploring the possibility for the Warriors (and the other seven teams not in Orlando) to join the bubble so they can hold organized team workouts/practices.

If this happens, you gotta assume Steph and former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will be hitting the golf course together.

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram