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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 vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors have made a habit of beating the Kings in recent years, but that trend could change Sunday afternoon as the two teams match up for the first time this season.

Entering Sunday's game, the Warriors have won the last five meetings, sweeping last year’s season series. However, the Kings (11-14) are the team with postseason aspirations, while the Warriors (5-22) are NBA draft lottery-bound with most of their All-Stars out injured. 

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Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave an update on Eric Paschall's status.

Coverage begins on NBC Sports Bay Area at 4:30 p.m. and tipoff is scheduled for 5:40. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS 

Warriors
F TBA
F Draymond Green
C WIllie Cauley-Stein
G D'Angelo Russell
G Glenn Robinson III

Kings
G Cory Joseph
G Buddy Hield
C Richaun Holmes
F Nemanja Bjelica
F Harrison Barnes

INJURY REPORT

Kings: Kyle Guy (G League assignment) and DaQuan Jeffries (G League assignment) are out. De'Aaron Fox (left ankle sprain) is doubtful. 

Warriors: Ky Bowman (G League assignment), Stephen Curry (left-hand fracture), Alen Smailagic (G League assignment, Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) and Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) are out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: D'Angelo Russell will play against Luke Walton -- his former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers -- on Sunday afternoon, and Russell is building a healthy résumé. In 15 games, he's averaging 22.4 points and 6.1 assists, leading the battered Warriors in scoring. Alec Burks has scored in double figures in his last nine appearances. However, the Warriors defense still needs work, as Golden State is giving up 114.2 points per game. Former King Willie Cauley-Stein should get the start against his former team, something he seems excited about. 

Kings: Sharpshooter Buddy Hield is coming off one of his best games of the season, scoring 34 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against the New York Knicks on Friday evening. Over his last 10 games, Hield is averaging 26.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Despite losing Fox to an ankle injury last month, the Kings have inched into the postseason picture and entered Sunday seventh in the Western Conference. However, the Kings haven't won a game against the Warriors on the road since March 2018. 

OFFICIALS: Josh Tiven (No. 58, crew chief), Bill Kennedy (No. 55), Derek Richardson (No. 63) 

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

It'll be a battle of the Northern California teams as the Warriors host the Kings in San Francisco on MyTeams Day.

The Warriors hope to turn things around while they hold the worst record in the NBA. Perhaps a "turnaround" is overzealous and is not the right term, but something needs to change. 

On the other side of the ball, the Kings are coming off a tough loss to the Knicks on Friday which stopped a three-game winning streak.

The MyTeams festivities are extra special on Sunday with the Holiday Edition and the team is ready:

When: Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App