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What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

It's a sight Warriors fans will never forget. It's the last image they have of Kevin Durant in a Warriors uniform.

Durant being helped off the court in Toronto after tearing his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

On one side was Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. On the other side was former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

Somehow, Durant was able to put weight on his injured right leg. He didn't need to be carried off the court.

That part blows the mind of Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala, who just returned from an Achilles rupture of his own.

“I saw the play and I was just shocked he was able to walk on it after,” Tuivailala told Jeff Faraudo for The Seattle Times. “When I saw that I didn’t think it was an Achilles because I couldn’t put any type of weight on it. I hope he has a safe and smooth recovery like I did.”

Durant underwent surgery to repair his Achilles shortly after suffering the injury. Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he has a long rehab ahead of him before he can get back on a basketball court.

“I quickly found out it was not a fun rehab,” Tuivailala told Faraudo.

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Tuivailala, a San Mateo native, missed 11 months after rupturing his Achilles last August 8 in Texas. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old made his return to a big league mound against the A's. He pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.

NBA rumors: Warriors privately 'cool' on playing when season returns

NBA rumors: Warriors privately 'cool' on playing when season returns

To play or not to play?

That is the question facing the Warriors as the NBA nears a decision on how many teams will participate when the league resumes the 2019-20 season.

While coach Steve Kerr said the team is operating as if the season is over, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that owner Joe Lacob told his fellow owners that the team was "willing" to play if all 30 NBA teams were asked to play.

But ... Wojnarowski also reported, citing sources, that the Warriors have been "far more cool to the idea in private."

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Based on Wojnawowski's reporting from Friday, the NBA Board of Governors are expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver's proposal for a 22-team restart plan later this week, meaning the Warriors -- who hold the worst record in the league -- would not be asked to play any more games this season.

The Warriors don't have anything left to play for this season. They are the only team that has been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Does it make sense for the players to go through several weeks of training camp to play a handful of meaningless games?

"It's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again,' " Warriors star Steph Curry told former teammate Anthony Morrow recently on "The Life Podcast."

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Would it be advantageous for the Warriors to get a brief look at Curry playing alongside Andrew Wiggins? Sure, but they don't need to risk injury to either player when the goal is making sure the team is ready to bounce back for the 2020-21 season.

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Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

Damian Lillard created headlines last week with his comments about the NBA's potential plans for resuming the 2019-20 season.

"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team," the Portland Trail Blazers star guard told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now.

"If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs -- I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games."

What is Steph Curry's reaction to that?

"I feel what he's saying because it's hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don't matter," the Warriors' superstar said on the "The Life Podcast" with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack. "I get it.

"It's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again.'"

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Golden State did re-open Chase Center facilities Monday so players could work out again, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. 

But all indications are that the Warriors won't be playing any additional games this season, and will not be included among the teams that eventually will take the court in Orlando.

[RELATED: Oakland's own Lillard rips Orlovsky for calling him spoiled]

"Between now and Thursday's vote of the board of governors on the plan to restart the season, the NBA is working to complete the details of a 22-team format," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe wrote Monday.

So for Lillard and the Blazers -- who currently sit in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference -- it appears they will get the opportunity to claw their way into the playoffs.

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