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

07:10  11 june  2019
07:10  11 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Kevin Durant injury update: Officially out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Kevin Durant injury update: Officially out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is still recovering from the calf strain and has been ruled out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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

Warriors hope Kevin Durant will be able to play in Game 5 or 6. Kevin Durant is not playing for the first four games of the NBA Finals, but the Golden State Warriors are hoping he’ll be able to play in Game 5 or 6. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the media before Game 4 on Friday that Kevon Looney

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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.

Report: Kevin Durant suffered setback with calf injury

Report: Kevin Durant suffered setback with calf injury Now that the Golden State Warriors are down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, people want to know what is going on with Kevin Durant. Have the Warriors downplayed the severity of his injury? Is Durant unwilling to tough things out? Or is something else going on? According to one reporter, the Warriors had hopes of Durant playing in Game 4 on Friday night, but he suffered a setback. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst joined “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt” after the Warriors’ 105-92 loss to the Raptors on Friday night and shared some information about Durant. He said the Warriors thought Durant would be able to play on Friday, but his body wasn’t ready.

FAILURE : Kevin Durant ' s Game 5 injury is a failure on many levels . SEE IT:12 heart-wrenching images on the court after Durant ' s injury . But Wanda Durant had a message for any remaining doubters who questioned Durant ' s commitment to his teammates (with free agency looming) or his

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.

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?

Warriors say Durant will practice before Game 5

Warriors say Durant will practice before Game 5 The Golden State Warriors say Kevin Durant will practice Sunday with hopes of playing in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night.Durant has not played since straining a calf muscle on May 8. The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the title series, and are 6-3 since he got injured.Warriors coach

Kevin Durant ' s injury could have a ripple effect throughout the NBA, from the Warriors to free agency to the record books. More on durant . Durant helped Golden State win, and you can argue that if he hadn’t played in Game 5 , the series would been over then.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals will be a seminal moment for athletes everywhere: If you don’t look out for your best interests, who else will? We can’t just write it off as bad luck that Durant hurried back after a month off, played on a calf injury that hadn’t fully healed, looked really good playing 12 of the first

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.

Bob Myers defends Kevin Durant, accepts blame for injury

Bob Myers defends Kevin Durant, accepts blame for injury An emotional Bob Myers spoke after Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night and defended Kevin Durant as a person while saying he would accept any blame for the superstar’s Achilles injury. The Golden State Warriors' president spoke to the media with a shaky voice and shared why Durant was cleared for the game. “He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision. 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,” Myers said. Durant took some criticism for not playing previously during the Finals.

When Warriors superstar Kevin Durant went down with an Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, raw emotion filled Toronto' s Scotiabank Arena. As is so often the case in sports, much of that emotion was captured by camera crews on hand. Twelve of those photos are below.

How Kevin Durant ’ s Achilles’ injury affects his future and the NBA landscape. For a quarter, Durant provided the emotional and talent boosts that the A moving screen on DeMarcus Cousins gave the Raptors a final shot with 15.7 seconds left. It was a one-point game . Kyle Lowry, excellent all night

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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