Kevin Durant's return to the Warriors lineup lasted just shy of 12 minutes.
The reigning back-to-back NBA Finals MVP left Game 5 of The Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Monday after re-injuring his right leg. Durant, who had not played in a game since straining his right calf on May 8 during the second round of the NBA playoffs, needed to be helped off the Scotiabank Arena floor and back to the Warriors locker room.
Much like the Warriors fanbase, Durant's NBA peers held their collective breath after seeing the superstar go down.
Even with all the things @KDTrey5 has done. This is the most fan(ed) out I’ve been. He knew he wasn’t right but he wanted to be there for his brothers. That’s sports! That’s love!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 11, 2019
--1000% https://t.co/6kjqiMi82r— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 11, 2019
Why are they cheering for his injury? Come on man #Disguting— Joel “Do a 180” Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) June 11, 2019
Respect @KDTrey5— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) June 11, 2019
Get well brother 🙏
Nooooo...HATE TO SEE THAT SH*T!!!— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 11, 2019
🙏🏻— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) June 11, 2019
Damn my boy....prayers up @KDTrey5— Josh Hart (@joshhart) June 11, 2019
Praying for you bro 💯🙏🏽 @KDTrey5— Marvin Bagley III (@MB3FIVE) June 11, 2019
Praying for you brother! @KDTrey5— Allonzo Trier (@ISO_ZO) June 11, 2019
Prayers up for @KDTrey5 HATE to see that. Respect him for putting it all on the line and going for it. REAL— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) June 11, 2019
Prior to his injury, Durant injected some much-needed life into the Warriors' offense. He scored 11 points -- nine of which came on a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range -- and was a plus-six when he left the game. The Warriors took a small lead into halftime, and they'll now have to complete a comeback from three-games-to-one in the best-of-seven series without one of the best players in the world.