Warriors' Kevin Durant leaves Game 5 vs. Rockets with right calf strain

Warriors' Kevin Durant leaves Game 5 vs. Rockets with right calf strain

Disaster struck the Warriors near the end of the third quarter Wednesday night.

Moments after Kevin Durant made a jumper to give the Warriors a three-point lead in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets, the Golden State superstar limped off the Oracle Arena court to the locker room after injuring his right leg.

The Warriors announced that Durant had suffered a right calf strain and would not return to the NBA playoff second-round series contest, which Golden State eventually won 104-99 to grab a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven set.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that it doesn't appear to be an Achilles injury.

Yahoo's Chris Haynes echoed Wojnarowski's report during an in-game FOX Sports Radio interview, with the added tidbit that "the Warriors feel good about where things are," with more tests coming Thursday. 

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr assured reporters that Durant did not have an Achilles tear. Durant will have an MRI exam Thursday, and his travel status for Game 6 in Houston is to be determined.

The Athletic's Tim Kawakami reported that Kerr told him it's incredibly unlikely that Durant will play in Game 6.

"Maybe he can bounce back soon, and we can win another game in this series and move forward and maybe get him back," Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke. "But we’ll see how it all pans out."

ESPN's Marc J. Spears reported that Durant "seemed in good spirits" in the locker room, although he walked "slowly with a slight limp."

Durant finished the game with 22 points in 32 minutes. He shot 8 of 18 from the field, including 2 of 7 from 3-point range, and added five rebounds and four assists.

NBA draft results live: 2019 picks, trades during first, second rounds


NBA draft results live: 2019 picks, trades during first, second rounds

It's NBA draft day!

The Warriors hold the Nos. 28 and 58 overall picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, which begins at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN. The Kings don't own a first-round pick, but they hold three selections -- Nos. 40, 47 and 60 overall -- in the second round.

The draft presents the best avenue for teams to add young, affordable talent, and both Golden State and Sacramento have plenty at stake Thursday.

With so much uncertainty surrounding the Warriors, particularly because of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson's injuries, the Dubs need to address their roster with players who can help fill the void. Considering how many high-salaried players the Warriors have, hitting on draft picks is imperative to their future success.

The Kings narrowly missed the playoffs last season, and they're counting on the prospects they acquire in the draft to help push them over the top and secure the franchise's first playoff berth since 2006.

Duke star Zion Williamson is widely expected to be picked No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans, but you can follow each selection live, as they're made, in the 2019 NBA Draft tracker below:

First round

1. New Orleans

2. Memphis

3. New York

4. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)

5. Cleveland

6. Phoenix

7. Chicago

8. Atlanta

9. Washington

10. Atlanta (from Dallas)

11. Minnesota

12. Charlotte

13. Miami

14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

15. Detroit

16. Orlando

17. Brooklyn

18. Indiana

19. San Antonio

20. Boston (from LA Clippers via Memphis)

21. Oklahoma City

22. Boston

23. Memphis (from Utah)

24. Philadelphia

25. Portland

26. Cleveland (from Houston)

27. Brooklyn (from Denver)

28. Golden State

29. San Antonio (from Toronto)

30. Detroit (from Milwaukee)

Second round

31. Brooklyn (from New York via Philadelphia)

32. Phoenix

33. Philadelphia (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)

34. Philadelphia (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)

35. Atlanta

36. Charlotte (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)

37. Dallas

38. Chicago (from Memphis)

39. New Orleans

40. Sacramento (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)

41. Atlanta (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)

42. Philadelphia (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)

43. Minnesota (from Miami via Charlotte)

44. Miami (from Atlanta via Charlotte)

45. Detroit

46. Orlando (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)

47. Sacramento (from Orlando via New York)

48. LA Clippers

49. San Antonio

50. Indiana

51. Boston

52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)

53. Utah

54. Philadelphia

55. New York (from Houston)

56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)

57. New Orleans (from Denver via Milwaukee)

58. Golden State

59. Toronto

60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)

NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

There was a development Wednesday night in the "Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets" narrative that certainly will be of interest to Warriors fans.


Because it involves Kevin Durant.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post has the details:

The question is if they can’t land Durant, do they still want Irving? Especially if they have to lose D’Angelo Russell — their own 23-year-old homegrown All-Star — to get him?  

It’s a question that has turned into a civil war among the fan base. It also has become an internal debate the Nets are having right now.  

The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.


Last week, Brian Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported that Kyrie is prepared to sign with the Nets in free agency.

Then on Tuesday, there was more smoke:

The latest news makes you wonder if the Nets have learned that KD is not going to sign with Brooklyn. If that is in fact true, perhaps they are going to pull out of the Kyrie sweepstakes altogether.

That certainly would be a crazy twist and would have a pretty big domino effect.

Would Kyrie consider going back to the Celtics? What about a reunion with LeBron James on the Lakers? Is a Kyrie-KD duo with the Knicks still a possibility?

The Warriors -- like everybody else -- are completely in the dark when it comes to Durant's plans. It's only been a week since the two-time NBA Finals MVP underwent surgery on his ruptured right Achilles, and the 10-time All-Star most likely needs some extra time to figure out his future.

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That is completely understandable given what he is going through, and what lies ahead for KD when it comes to rehab.

As for news that pertains to Kyrie, you should expect the next couple of weeks to be quite the roller coaster.

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