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Kevin Durant watched final five minutes of Game 5 after injuring Achilles

Kevin Durant watched final five minutes of Game 5 after injuring Achilles

If you were wondering what Kevin Durant was doing behind the scenes after injuring his right Achilles tendon on Monday night, it was actually the same as most Warriors fans.

Durant still was locked into the game, and ESPN's Jay Williams was watching with him. Williams described the scene Tuesday morning on "Get Up."

"The density within the air of the room made it challenging to breathe," Williams said. "The guy who Kevin is, last night he watched the last five minutes of the ballgame rooting on his teammates." 

Williams also revealed Durant and Draymond Green were on FaceTime together after the game, with Durant talking about the Warriors winning Game 6 at Oracle Arena. 

"You rush to get back on the grand stage like that, and for that [Achilles injury] to happen, he was distraught," Williams said. "He was distraught. He was distraught just like any other human being would be distraught."

Kevin Durant sent a message over Instagram shortly after the Warriors' wild 106-105 win over the Raptors to keep their season alive Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. 

"Dub nation gonna be loud as f--k for game 6," he wrote. "I'm hurting deep in the soul right now I can't lie but seeing my brothers get this win was like taking a shot of tequila, i got new life lol." 

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Durant left Game 5 early in the second quarter after scoring 11 points in just under 12 minutes with what is feared to be a torn Achilles tendon. The Warriors’ star forward was playing in his first game since straining his right calf over one month ago.

Though he will once again be away from the court, Durant will continue watching his Warriors teammates on their pursuit of a three-peat.

Steve Kerr 'a little' disappointed by key absences in 'The Last Dance'

Steve Kerr 'a little' disappointed by key absences in 'The Last Dance'

No matter when they watched "The Last Dance," basketball fans noticed a few missing faces.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr did, too. Kerr, who played on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls team that was the subject of the 10-part documentary, wanted to see more of two starters from that squad. 

“It was a little disappointing that a couple of guys, Luc Longley and Ron Harper, didn’t get a whole lot of coverage," Kerr said earlier this week on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" (H/T Essentially Sports). "But you can only do so much obviously, and Luke lives in remote western Australia.”

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Harper started all 82 games for the '97-98 Bulls, and the former guard started no fewer than 74 games during each of the Bulls' title-winning teams from 1995-96 to '97-98. But the guard's most memorable appearance in the documentary came in reference to his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Harper recalled saying "Yeah, f--k this bulls--t" when then-Cavs coach Lenny Wilkens asked Craig Ehlo, not Harper, to guard Michael Jordan on the final possession during Game 5 of a first-round playoff series with the Bulls.

Jordan, of course, proceeded to hit one of the most iconic buzzer-beaters and eliminate Cleveland with Ehlo guarding him.

The documentary centered on Jordan's experience above all, and Longley wasn't even as much as a one-off talking head. The former center was the first Australian to play in the NBA and arguably had the best season of his career when NBA Entertainment's cameras followed the dynastic Bulls during their last run together, but his appearances in the documentary consisted entirely of archival footage.

Kerr had a sizeable role in the documentary, with the filmmakers shining a light on his upbringing, the death of his father and his "fight" with Jordan. The Golden State coach said he's still good friends with Longley, and he quipped to Simmons there wasn't enough room in the documentary's reported $20 million budget to make the trip to see the big man.

"I don’t know what the budget was for ‘The Last Dance,’ but it wasn’t big enough to fly to remote western Australia ... and go interview him," Kerr joked. "But I would have liked to see him and Ron get a little more love just because they were starters and huge players on those teams.”

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Travel would've been impossible due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, but ESPN pushing up the documentary's original June airdate to April meant that the filmmakers were still working on it as the series aired. A Longley appearance via video chat would've been jarring, considering how every other interviewee's shots were set up.

Considering the documentary's ubiquity plus Longley's (and Harper's) lack of screen time, Kerr wouldn't have minded much.

Steph Curry celebrates Joel Embiid's first Under Armour signature shoe

Steph Curry celebrates Joel Embiid's first Under Armour signature shoe

Steph Curry is on the seventh iteration of his signature Under Armour shoe.

On Friday, Under Armour announced that Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid now has his first signature shoe for the company.

Curry welcomed Embiid to the signature shoe family by wearing the kicks Friday and impersonating the 76ers star in every possible way, including his celebrations:

Embiid has been with Under Armour since signing a five-year contract with the company in October of 2018.

The 26-year-old Embiid debuted his new shoes during Friday's seeding game against the Orlando Magic, and finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the 76ers' 108-101 win.

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Curry is the face of Under Armour, and reportedly could be getting his own Jordan-like brand under the Under Armour umbrella, but Embiid is the next biggest NBA player on their roster.

Embiid, a big jokester, surely will appreciate Curry's impersonation of him.

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