Never has a dark cloud of sad silence hovered so loudly over an epic win.
The Warriors pulled off a stunning 106-105 victory over the Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to keep their season alive Monday night. That's far from what will be remembered from this night in Toronto, though.
Kevin Durant, playing in his first game in over a month, went down with what is feared to be a torn Achilles tendon after playing just under 12 minutes. For those who wrongly questioned Durant's toughness while the Warriors played without him over the previous month, his mother, Wanda, has a message for you.
For ALL of you who question my son as a Man, question his Heart, question his Integrity and question his LOVE for the game of basketball, you DON’T know him. He has a heart of a true Warrior! This too shall pass. God Bless you ALL. pic.twitter.com/y0qcQ5Boga— Wanda Durant (@MamaDurant) June 11, 2019
Wanda Durant didn't pull a DeMarcus Cousins, but she did eloquently let her feelings be known.
“Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong," Warriors general manager Bob Myers tearfully said Monday night when addressing the media.
Durant himself sent a message over Instagram that he's "hurting in the soul." The moment always will be remembered. As will those who ever doubted KD.