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SportNBA Finals 2019: Bob Myers, Warriors players discuss Kevin Durant's injury

08:30  11 june  2019
08:30  11 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Warriors were emotional about Kevin Durant's injury Monday.

Durant suffered a leg injury in the second quarter of Game 5 in the 2019 NBA Finals. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was "devastated" for Durant, and other members of the organization also spoke about the injury, including president of basketball operations Bob Myers.

"It's an Achilles injury. I don't know the extent of it," Myers said while close to tears at a press conference after the Warriors' 106-105 win. "He'll have an MRI tomorrow. Prior to coming back he went through four weeks with our medical team and it was thorough.

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Kawhi Leonard reacts to Kevin Durant's Injury: 'I feel bad for him' After Durant left Monday's game with an Achilles injury, Leonard said he could relate to Durant's situation. "It's devastating," Leonard told reporters. "You work so hard to get to this point, these are the last games, you see him try to come out and push himself, but obviously he tried to do a move ⁠— and I feel bad for him. I've been in that situation before. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and just gets healthy and I hope that he's going to be okay mentally, just throughout the whole rehab process.

Kevin Durant ' s return—and ability to perform—are all that separate the Warriors from survival and defeat. When an injury lingers in the NBA , the hobbled party is unfailingly asked for self-assessment—to appraise their health in percentage as if they were privy to some unseen progress bar.

Warriors GM Bob Myers explains tricky part about Kevin Durant ' s injury . " Durant , who has not yet been cleared to begin on-court activities, continues to make good progress with his rehabilitation. At this point, it is unlikely that he will play at the beginning of the 2019 NBA Finals , but it' s hopeful that he

"I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand this world. If you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. ... Let me tell you something about Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant loves to play basketball. And the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong."

Durant's appearance was his first since he suffered a calf injury against the Rockets in the second round.

"I just feel so bad for him to be honest," Warriors star Stephen Curry told reporters. "Nobody should have to go through something like that. Especially with this stage that we have."

Durant scored 11 points in 12 minutes in Game 5 before his injury forced him to head to the locker room.

"He's going to come back stronger. I know he is," Golden State guard Klay Thompson said after the victory. "He's got so much more good basketball in him."

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Kyle Lowry unimpressed with reaction to Kevin Durant injury by Raptors fans There were cheers when Kevin Durant hit the deck in pain during Game 5, a reaction that Kyle Lowry was not impressed with.

The 2019 NBA Finals is the concluding championship series of the National Basketball Association ( NBA )' s 2019 playoffs to determine the champion for the 2018–19 season.

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Durant is expected to decline the player option in his contract this summer and become a free agent.

The Warriors will host Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday.

NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Warriors actively looking to acquire more picks.
The Warriors have been one of the “most active teams” trying to acquire additional selections, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. They already purchased the No. 41 pick from the Hawks before the draft Thursday. Stars Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) suffered serious injuries in the Finals and both will be free agents this summer. Even if they do re-sign with the Warriors, they'll be sidelined for much, if not all, of next season. The Warriors' bench declined in 2018-19, as well, and they'll need to add multiple rotation pieces in the upcoming months.

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