After missing more than a month with a calf injury, Kevin Durant returned to the court for the Golden State Warriors in a critical Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors. Durant, nursing a calf injury, was needed to serve as a top scoring option.
In 12 minutes of action, Durant scored 11 points, but he unfortunately exited the game after apparently re-aggravating his injury. He was ruled out for the rest of the contest, and the NBA will hold its collective breath as Durant gets more tests done to determine the severity of the injury.
Durant's injury prompted reactions from a lot of NBA players, and one of them was Kendrick Perkins. The former Boston Celtics center has been outspoken this offseason, and he placed blame for the injury on the Warriors.
If KD hurt I Blame the @warriors For pressuring that man to play and he wasn’t healthy! That’s 🤬up! I told him the other night not to play unless he was 100%!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 11, 2019
Perkins was teammates with Durant for a short time in Oklahoma City, so it's well within the realm of possibility that he spoke to Durant about his injury. And if Durant wasn't 100 percent, or at least close to it, that definitely would have increased his injury risk. It will be difficult to know if the Warriors actually talked him into playing unless Durant speaks out about it in the future.
Perkins wasn't the only Boston athlete that showed some anger about the Durant injury. Patriots running back James White also took to Twitter, but his disdain was, rightfully, directed at the Toronto fans who cheered when Durant went down with the injury.
Fans can’t be cheering when that happens 🤦🏾♂️— James White (@SweetFeet_White) June 11, 2019
Hopefully, Durant's injury ends up being less severe than it looked. But for now, the NBA world will be at a standstill until his injury is officially diagnosed.
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