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SportsOpinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels

08:10  11 june  2019
08:10  11 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

One Way or Another, Kevin Durant Will Dominate the Finals

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Kevin Durant should not have played in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. We will talk for a long time about everything that happened here Monday night: the shock of Durant ’ s injury in the But the decision to play Durant , who suffered what might very well be a serious Achilles injury , is one that should haunt

Kevin Durant should not have played in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. We will talk for a long time about everything that happened here Monday night: the , the jubilation of a crowd in Toronto whose team had one hand on the Kevin Durant holds his lower leg after sustaining an injury in the second quarter of.

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TORONTO — He was brilliant, and then he was broken. He was valiant and then, in the split-second of one false move on a fragile muscle, he was a cautionary tale.

Kevin Durant should not have played in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

We’ll have to wait for the official diagnosis before we know how serious the “right lower leg” injury that left him exiting Scotiabank Arena on crutches was. And even then, the human body is such that we may never be completely sure whether the injury Durant suffered after playing 11 minutes, 57 seconds of basketball was caused because the one he suffered a month earlier with the same leg hadn’t fully healed.

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But it sure seemed that way, didn’t it, as he immediately grabbed at his Achilles after a non-contact play where he tried to make a lateral move with the ball.

Now here’s where we offer all the caveats that the details of the calf strain Durant suffered on May 8 were never revealed publicly, and Golden State’s highly experienced medical staff had far more information and training than those of us in the peanut gallery.

This is also true: Doctors can make mistakes, and players can push themselves too far or talk themselves into a bad decision when they’re feeling pressure to play.

And how could Durant not have felt that after the Warriors fell behind 3-1 in the series and it seemed they had no chance to come back without him? How could he not have felt it when Klay Thompson fought through a hamstring pull and Kevon Looney got a second opinion on a cartilage fracture in his chest that was supposedly going to keep him out of the series? How could a player who doesn’t ignore anything written or said about him possibly avoid the reports that there was frustration within the locker room that hopeful updates about his progress weren’t being realized on the court?

What to Expect if Kevin Durant Returns: It’s Far From a Lock for the Warriors

What to Expect if Kevin Durant Returns: It’s Far From a Lock for the Warriors The Toronto Raptors started the season fast, and quickly established themselves as serious championship contenders. On Nov. 29, they were a league-best 18-4, but faced their sternest test of the season: a game against the mighty Golden State Warriors. The Raptors had three things going for them: Stephen Curry was at the end of an 11-game absence with a groin strain. Draymond Green was out for the Warriors as well. And the game was being played in Toronto. The Raptors did win, in overtime, 131-128. For the Warriors, Kevin Durant had 51 points. That performance, his best of the season, shows the kind of impact Durant might have if and when he returns to the N.B.A.

Kevin Durant needed help leaving Game 5 in the second quarter. Kevin Durant (35) of the Golden State Warriors reacts after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

Kevin Durant left Game 5 in the second quarter after sustaining Achilles injury . He should have never played Monday. Opinion : Kevin Durant ' s Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels .

Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels© Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Kevin Durant holds his lower leg after sustaining an injury in the second quarter of Game 5 on Monday.

In the end, the idea Durant was somehow being soft because he couldn’t make it back onto the court until Monday was, of course, ridiculous. From all we know about Durant, he has cared about only one thing since he was a kid — playing basketball. If he could have played, he would have been out there. His body didn’t let him.

And if the noise somehow played any role in Durant coming back before his body was ready to compete at the NBA Finals level, we all need to own some of that. NBA careers aren’t forever, and the discourse around injuries — which often includes some romantic tough-man idea of the way things used to be or bone-headed comparisons between basketball players and hockey players — needs to change.

If the worst happened — and who knows until the MRI exam, but the Warriors vaguely shifting the language from calf injury to lower leg injury doesn’t seem encouraging — it’s a major failure by everyone. Yes, including the Warriors.

How Kevin Durant’s Achilles’ injury affects his future and the NBA landscape

How Kevin Durant’s Achilles’ injury affects his future and the NBA landscape Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles' injury on Monday, a tragic turn of events that threatens to alter his career's trajectory and shake up the NBA's upcoming free-agency landscape.

Durant ’ s calf injury worsened to an Achilles injury , a diagnosis with serious implications for the rest of his career. An MRI confirmed the worst-case scenario That was a collaborative decision.” Myers was later asked if Durant ’ s initial calf injury from May 8 could have evolved into Game 5 ’ s Achilles injury .

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You can say injuries are fluky, and to an extent that’s true. But this one didn’t seem like it. The same leg, the same part of the leg after a month of drama and mystery that never seemed to lead anywhere good.

Maybe the long-term outlook for Durant will be OK. The offseason is coming, plenty of time to rest. No matter what happens, he’ll go into free agency and get a max contract somewhere, even if he is out to start next season.

But when bodies start to break down in the NBA, intentionally accelerating the damage can be a dangerous game. Let’s just hope what happened Monday didn’t cost Durant more than a chance to rescue a title.

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Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels
Opinion: Kevin Durant's Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels

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