Midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday night's game, the Warriors and their fans held their breath.
Kevin Durant posted up against a Phoenix Suns player and came down awkwardly on his right ankle. He stayed down, and the Warriors immediately fouled to stop play.
Durant managed to get up on his own power, but he walked straight to the Warriors' locker room at Oracle Arena with a slight limp.
After examination, the Warriors diagnosed Durant with a right ankle contusion and announced he would not return to the game, which Golden State lost 115-111.
Kevin Durant (right ankle contusion) will not return to tonight's game.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 11, 2019
"I think he's going to be all right," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the media after the game. "I don't think it's bad. I talked to him briefly, and he didn't think it was too bad."
Durant finished the night with 25 points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds.
If Durant has to miss any period of time, it would be bad news for the Warriors, who have come to rely on their superstar forward. He's only missed one game all season, when he sat out the end of a back-to-back in Orlando two weeks ago for rest.