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Kevin Durant announces he ruptured Achilles tendon, underwent surgery

Kevin Durant announces he ruptured Achilles tendon, underwent surgery

The Warriors' worst fears came true Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Durant announced on Instagram that he had ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and underwent successful surgery. The Warriors later revealed the operation was done at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. Martin O'Malley, who also handled Durant's foot surgery four years ago.

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Here's what KD wrote in the caption.

What's good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY.

My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way.

Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that's what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat.

Its just the way things go in this game and I'm proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I'm proud my brothers got the W.

It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I'm a hooper.

I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it.

Dr. Selene Parekh of The Fantasy Doctors tweeted that Durant likely will have a nine- to 11-month recovery time, meaning he would miss most, if not all, of the 2019-20 season.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr addressed the media just moments before Durant made his announcement, and said the Achilles injury was a "shock" to the team.

"If we knew this was in the realm of possibility, we would have never allowed Kevin to come back," Kerr said.

Durant was injured early in the second quarter of the Warriors' eventual 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday. He caught the ball on the right wing, and his right leg buckled to the ground when he tried to dribble past Raptors big man Serge Ibaka.

Durant was playing in his first game since May 8, when he suffered a calf strain in the Warriors' second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Durant missed 32 days -- including nine games -- but fought back to return for Game 5 with the Warriors facing a three-games-to-one deficit despite reportedly "not being close to 100 percent."

Durant looked brilliant in his 12 minutes on the court, pouring in 11 points and helping set the tone for Golden State in a must-win game. But his body clearly wasn't quite ready.

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The minute KD's injury happened, the Warriors knew they'd have to fight back and win their third consecutive NBA championship without their star forward's help. But they now know Durant likely won't play at all in the 2019-20 season, either.

Durant's injury also might complicate the question of where he'll play next season. He has a $31.5 million player option on the Warriors contract he signed last year, and although many might believe this news would give Golden State a better chance at keeping him, Durant opting in to the deal reportedly would be "the last resort" for him.

Warriors' Eric Paschall explains why he became a two-foot jumper

Warriors' Eric Paschall explains why he became a two-foot jumper

When Warriors rookie Eric Paschall attacks the rim, you hardly ever see him leave the ground off one foot.

The No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft almost always explodes towards the basket off both legs.

That is by design.

"I actually used to be a one-foot jumper," Paschall told NBC Sports Bay Area during a Zoom conversation Monday afternoon. "I'm scared of getting hurt. I feel like with one foot you never know what's gonna happen.

"So that's why I've become a very two-foot jumper because I know where my legs are gonna be. With one foot, somebody could bump you -- one leg comes down ... that scares me."

The two-foot jumping is working.

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Paschall referenced two specific injuries that impacted his mindset.

In August 2014, Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg when he tried to block a James Harden transition layup attempt during a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage.

And during an Elite 8 matchup in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Louisville guard Kevin Ware sustained a gruesome leg injury when he landed on his right leg after contesting a 3-point shot.

"Those two scarred me," Paschall said. "So then I was like, 'I'm not jumping off one foot.' After that -- mentally -- I've just been like, 'You better jump off two.' I know where my feet are gonna be (and) you're under control more.

"I can still do certain dunks off of one foot. But I just don't jump off one foot. It scares me."

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There's no reason to jump off one foot when you can do this:

"Nobody really jumps off two feet like that," Paschall explained. "I've seen a few of my dunks and it's just like ... there's no way someone will block that. I rose up so fast."

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NBA won't consider season resuming sooner than May 1, Adam Silver says

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NBA won't consider season resuming sooner than May 1, Adam Silver says

The NBA won’t consider resuming its season any sooner than May 1 amid the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, commissioner Adam Silver said Monday.

"We should accept that at least for the month of April we won't be in any position to make any decisions," Silver told Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson in a Twitter interview Monday (via Sports Illustrated).

Silver was one of the North American sports executives on a weekend call with President Donald Trump, who reportedly said that the NFL season should start in September. The NBA commissioner said sports leagues would “love to lead the way in restarting the economy” when public health officials say it is OK to resume play, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Adam Schefter reported Saturday.

"Beyond crowning a champion, what would the symbolism be of sports starting back up in this country?" Silver told Johnson on Monday.

The NBA was the first North American professional sports league to suspend its season when Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus on March 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended days later that all gatherings of at least 50 people should be canceled through early May. Most state governments have issued stay-at-home orders since then, with all but “essential” businesses remaining open and enforcing social-distancing guidelines.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Warriors star Steph Curry nearly two weeks ago that the curve of the coronavirus’ spread would need to “come down” and no longer strain the country's medical system before leagues could consider playing. There are over 360,000 confirmed cases in the United States and over 10,000 people have died as of this writing nationwide, according to NBC News reporting.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, following Trump’s reported hopes, said that he “didn’t anticipate” NFL games with fans in the stands this fall. The state, home of the Warriors, Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, also has more NBA teams than any other.