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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.

NBA rumors: Warriors' Kevon Looney possible Rockets free-agent target

NBA rumors: Warriors' Kevon Looney possible Rockets free-agent target

Warriors big man Kevon Looney will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday. And unlike last summer, Golden State will have to give the 23-year-old more than the minimum to re-sign him.

There will be a market for Looney, and the Houston Rockets are expected to be a suitor.

As Sam Amick of The Athletic wrote on Tuesday night:

As it stands, [the Rockets] have no cap room and are limited to the midlevel exception (annual salary starting at $5.7 million).

A source with knowledge of the Rockets’ plans said Danny Green, Jeremy Lamb, Al-Farouq Aminu, DeAndre Jordan, Brook Lopez and Kevon Looney are also possible targets.

The Dubs have Looney's full bird rights and can give him a max contract if they wanted. That obviously won't be happening, but the point is they aren't limited financially in terms of what they can offer like they were last summer.

In Golden State's memorable Game 6 win in Houston last month, Looney recorded 14 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 20 minutes.

The No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft sustained a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture on the right side of his chest during Game 2 of the Finals in Toronto. His expected recovery time is six to eight weeks, which means Looney should be at full strength when training camp opens up in late September.

You should expect the Warriors to make it a priority to re-sign him.

“Looney has become one of our foundational pieces," Golden State head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on May 22.

And now, they're going to have to show him the money.

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Kevin Durant all smiles roaming around New York after Achilles surgery

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Kevin Durant all smiles roaming around New York after Achilles surgery

Kevin Durant isn't expected to play in any NBA games next season, but he's not letting that dampen his mood.

Nearly two weeks after having surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon, Durant is up and roaming around New York City with the assistance of a knee walker.

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Tony Durant, Kevin's brother, posted that image Tuesday evening of them walking around SoHo.

Immediately after the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, Durant flew to New York City and had Dr. Martin O'Malley perform the Achilles surgery.

With the start of free agency just days away, rumors have started swirling about Durant's mindset as he approaches his big decision.

On Monday, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported that Durant was "pissed" with the Warriors for their role in his injury. But a day later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there is no such rift between Durant and the Warriors.

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Based on the new image, Durant appears to be in good spirits.

We'll find out in the next few days if Durant will bring that smile back to the Bay Area for the next five years, or if it will stay in New York City for the next four.