Kevin Durant won't be playing for the rest of the Western Conference semifinals vs. the Rockets, that much is clear.
KD went down toward the end of the third quarter of Wednesday night's Game 5 and limped his way to the locker room and did not return. The Warriors announced he was diagnosed with a right calf strain and will be re-evaluated in one week.
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So just how long could the Warriors be Durant-less? Well, that depends on the severity of the injury.
Dr. Alexis Colvin, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon at The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, said there are some positives to take away from KD's injury. And while she has not looked at Durant's MRI and is not treating him, she's seen similar situations before.
"The good thing is this is a calf strain and not something that needs surgery," Dr. Colvin told NBC Sports Bay Area. "But it is something where the body has to heal it."
Dr. Colvin added that when it comes to a calf strain, it's a very general diagnosis.
"You could have a mild one where there are just small micro tears in the muscles or one where it's hard to put weight on it or there's bruising -- obviously that would be something that would take a lot longer to get better. It's very difficult to say with just the word 'calf strain,' because it's so general," she added.
As far as rehabilitation goes with this injury, Dr. Colvin said it's based on stages. And you want to make sure an individual is able to walk comfortably without crutches or without anything assisting them.
"You can do very light motion and strengthening. Everything is progressing until the last thing you would want to do is things with impact -- or very sport specific things."
And basketball, in particular, isn't a sport you can go back to without being 100 percent, Dr. Colvin explained. And until we have more details of the severity of the injury Durant sustained, we can hope fans can keep a positive mindset.
"The good thing is, he's a professional athlete so he's already starting in very good shape, to begin with, which is always helpful, but we're also trying to get him to a place where he's at full competitive ability again."