NBA rumors: Warriors believe Kevin Durant tore Achilles tendon in Game 5

NBA rumors: Warriors believe Kevin Durant tore Achilles tendon in Game 5

The bad news on Kevin Durant's injury appears to be getting worse.

Hours after an emotional Bob Myers told the media that Kevin Durant suffered an injury to his Achilles, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski cited league sources in reporting that the Warriors believe Tuesday's MRI will confirm Golden State's worst fears: KD has a torn Achilles tendon.

Durant returned for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night after missing more than a month with a calf strain. He re-injured the same leg early in the second quarter of the Warriors' eventual 106-105 victory.

Durant can opt in to his contract with the Warriors for the 2019-20 season for $31.5 million or opt out and test the free-agent market. Despite the gruesome nature of his injury, Durant surely will still command max money from whichever team he chooses to play with next season.

Get well soon, KD.

Warriors vs. Pelicans watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

Warriors vs. Pelicans watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chase Center has had its share of notable moments this season. Now, with rookie phenom Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans coming to town Sunday afternoon, more highlights are expected.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30 p.m. with tipoff scheduled for 5:30.

Williamson -- who missed each of the past three matchups against Golden State -- will make his Chase Center debut amid a solid stretch of play. Since returning from a knee injury, he's averaging 22.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists, putting the 19-year-old in the conversation for Rookie of the Year.

Williamson's Bay Area arrival comes against a battered Warriors roster. Forward Draymond Green will not play due to a pelvic contusion, forcing the Warriors to recall rookie Alen Smailagic. Dragan Bender also is expected to make his Golden State debut after signing a 10-day contract with the Dubs.

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F Andrew Wiggins
F Eric Paschall
C Marquese Chriss
G Damion Lee
G Jordan Poole


F Zion Williamson
F Brandon Ingram
C Derrick Favors
G Jrue Holiday
G Lonzo Ball


Warriors: Steph Curry (left-hand fracture), Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion), Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) are out. Marquese Chriss (left calf soreness) is questionable.

Pelicans: Darius Miller (right Achilles surgery), Kenrich Williams (lower back soreness)

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Warriors: Bender has officially signed a 10-day contract with Golden State and should get some minutes with Green injured and Chriss' availability in the air. Bender struggled during his first few years in the league but averaged 20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in 13 G-League appearances this season. The signing also reunites Bender with former teammate Chriss, who was picked four picks after him in the 2016 NBA Draft. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins is averaging 22.8 points on 57.9 percent from the field in his first four games in Golden State. Rookie Jordan Poole is averaging 15.6 points over his last five games.

Pelicans: Williamson has scored 20 points in seven straight games, making him the youngest player to do so since Carmelo Anthony. Ingram is averaging 24.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season, making him the frontrunner for Most Improved Player this season. Along the way, the Pelicans have won seven of their last 10 games, putting them four games out of the playoff race in the Western Conference.

Officials: David Guthrie (#16) Kevin Cutler (#34) Brett Nansel (#44)

Kobe Bryant memorial live stream: How to watch service online


Kobe Bryant memorial live stream: How to watch service online

Thousands will flock to Staples Center on Monday to celebrate the like of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. 

Kobe, Gianna and seven others tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabassas on Jan. 26. 

The service is being held on Feb. 24 to symbolize both Gianna (No. 2) and Kobe's (No. 24) jersey numbers.

Tickets to the service are sold out and city officials have asked people who do not have tickets to stay away from the area.

The screens around Staples Center and L.A. Live will go dark during the service.

Bryant won five NBA titles with the Lakers and is regarded as perhaps the greatest to ever wear the Lakers jersey. In his post-playing career, Bryant won an Academy Award for his short film "Dear Basketball" and spent time coaching Gianna's basketball team.

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Here's how to watch Kobe and Gianna Bryant's memorial service online:

When: Monday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m.
Live Stream: ABC News Live