Opinion: Warriors' Kevin Durant buckling up for his longest year after Achilles injury
Rehabbing an Achilles rupture is slow and difficult, testing a player’s mental fortitude as much as his or her physical limits. Just ask Kobe Bryant.
According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Kevin Durant sustained a ruptured right Achilles tendon on Monday night during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, and has already undergone surgery to repair it.
Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant has underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
Durant, 30, exited Game 5 in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on his right leg and going down to the ground in obvious pain. He limped back to the locker room and was seen leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches with a walking boot. The Warriors previously announced thatbut were unable to offer a more specific diagnosis until Tuesday’s MRI.
Warriors’ Kevin Durant has surgery on torn Achilles; Kerr explains playing him
Two days after Kevin Durant suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr detailed the rationale that went in to clearing Durant. About 15 minutes later, a picture of the consequences emerged: Durant, in a hospital bed in New York, confirming in an Instagram post that his surgery was a success. “I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK,” Durant wrote. The devastation hit all across the Warriors’ organization, but no one saw this coming, Kerr said, as he explained to reporters in Oakland on Wednesday what preceded the decision to play the 10-time All-Star: On Sunday, Durant practiced for the first time in more than a month without any i
Game 5 was Durant’s first game in over month. He strained his right calf in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals back in early May and had been out ever since.
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Steve Kerr denies that Kevin Durant is unhappy with Warriors’ doctors.
Kevin Durant has yet to comment publicly about whether he feels he was misled by the Golden State Warriors’ medical staff, but head coach Steve Kerr says he has no reason to believe that is the case. NBA reporter Ric Bucher said this week that Durant is still unsure if he was misled about being able to suffer a more significant injury by playing before his calf was 100 percent healed. In an appearance on Tim Kawakami’s “The TK Show” podcast Wednesday, Kerr said he has not gotten that impression and noted that Durant’s own specialist also cleared him to play.