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Kevin Durant suffered Achilles injury, Warriors GM Bob Myers announces

Kevin Durant suffered Achilles injury, Warriors GM Bob Myers announces

Warriors general manager Bob Myers tearfully took the podium Monday night in Toronto, shortly after his team's Game 5 win in the NBA Finals, and announced Kevin Durant had suffered an Achilles injury.

Myers' opening statement was particularly striking, as the GM turned emotional and poured out his true feelings for a player who returned from a month-long absence because of a calf injury, only to go down again. Durant's season likely is over, and the Warriors will return home for Game 6 on Thursday hoping to extend the Finals to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday back in Toronto.

Here is Myers' full exchange with the media at Scotiabank Arena, including his opening statement:

Kevin, it's an Achilles injury. I don't know the extent of it. He'll have an MRI tomorrow. Prior to coming back, he went through four weeks with a medical team, and it was thorough, and it was experts and multiple MRIs and multiple doctors, and we felt good about the process.

He was cleared to play tonight -- that was a collaborative decision. I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand in this world, and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. And to tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.

And I'm not here to -- he's one of the most misunderstood people. He's a good teammate, he's a good person, it's not fair. I'm lucky to know him. I don't know -- I don't have all the information on what really the extent of what it all means until we get an MRI, but the people that worked with him and cleared him are good people, they're good people.

With all due respect, what's your reason to say to point the finger at you?
Because I am the president of basketball. If you have to. I don't think there's anybody to blame, but I get it, that stuff happens. I hope nobody does, I don't think it should land on anybody, but if you feel like you need to ...

Can you just talk about Kevin's emotions and how he's feeling right now?
Sports is, it's people, sports is people. I know Kevin takes a lot of hits sometimes, but he just wants to play basketball, and right now, he can't. Basketball has gotten him through his life. So it means, I don't know that we can all understand how much it means to him. He just wants to play basketball with his teammates and compete.

Initially you guys diagnosed him with a calf injury. Was that the pure, full-out extent? Was it a calf injury now, what happened tonight equated to an Achilles injury?
The initial injury was a calf injury. This is not a calf injury. I'm not a doctor, I don't know how those are related or not, but it's a different injury.

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston. What do they have in common?

None of them play for the Warriors anymore.

Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL. Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.

Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.

Are the Warriors making the playoffs?

He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.

“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.

Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.

Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.

[RELATEDWarriors didn't sign Russell just to trade him, Myers says]

Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard. 

Be careful doubting the Dubs.

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

Who is the best player in the NBA?

If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers. But where's the fun in that?

Enter the NBA2K video game series. 

The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.

For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees. 

Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall). 

Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).

Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.

While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97. 

Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?