- Kevin Durant injured his leg in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets.
- In the third quarter, Durant hit a fade-away jumper, then turned to run up court when he jumped, looked back at his leg, and began limping. He then left the game and went back to the locker room.
- Many observers noted that Durant’s reaction was similar to other athletes who have torn their Achilles’ tendons.
- Early reports indicate that Durant injured his calf and did not tear his Achilles.
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Kevin Durant suffered a scary, non-contact injury on Wednesday in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets.
The injury occurred in the third quarter after Durant hit a fade-away jumper. As Durant turned around to run back up the court, he suddenly skipped and looked back at his leg, even though he hadn’t been touched.
He then began limping up the court and left the game, heading back to the locker room.
The fears of a torn Achilles tendon were immediate, with TNT’s Reggie Miller noting that many athletes who have torn their Achilles say it feels like they were kicked in the leg, which is similar to how Durant reacted.
However, early reports from the Warriors suggest they may have dodged a huge bullet. According to TNT’s Allie LaForce, the team diagnosed Durant with a "right calf strain," and that he would not return to the game.
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