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15:15  13 june  2019
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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.

Kevin Durant confirmed what everyone most feared: the Golden State star underwent surgery for a ruptured right achilles tendon. Durant posted on social media Wednesday the severity of his injury two days after getting hurt during Game 5 of the NBA finals in Toronto in his return from a strained

By Dan Woike . Warriors forward Kevin Durant grabs the back of his foot after falling to the court during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant confirmed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon and has undergone surgery to repair it.

Dan Woike: Kevin Durant's ruptured Achilles could signal the end of one of the great NBA lineups© 2019 Getty Images TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is assisted off the court after sustaining an injury in the first half against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Jun. 13--OAKLAND -- Too fast. Too talented. Too selfless. Too smart. Too good.

Kevin Durant confirmed from a hospital bed across the country the news everyone had assumed: That video that showed the rubber band running up the back of his leg snapping in Game 5 was indeed a ruptured Achilles tendon. Surgery has already been performed. Recovery has already begun.

Wanda Durant Discusses Kevin Durant Achilles Injury on 'Good Morning America'

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NBA Finals: Kevin Durant sustains Achilles injury during Warriors’ win. By Dan Woike . It’ s an NBA -altering moment — Durant ’ s free agency, like Leonard’ s , was the cornerstone of so many franchises’ Plan As. “I think it’ s got to be the greatest ,” Golden State forward Draymond Green said.

It' s official: Kevin Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He had surgery to repair his Achilles on Thursday, and posted an Instagram from his hopsital bed after Bob Myers is visibly upset as he announces Kevin Durant has an Achilles injury

There's no doubt we'll see Kevin Durant on the basketball court again.

But while that torn tendon robbed us of a story that could've been more triumphant than Willis Reed in 1970, a legend greater than the even Michael Jordan's "flu game" in 1997, it also could be the very end of the modern NBA's most devastating lineup.

Some people called them the "Hamptons Five." Others referred to it as the "Death Lineup." Whatever you called it, when Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Durant played together, you knew you were seeing a collection of players that would be impossible to replicate.

"I don't know how you mimic that kind of talent," Raptors center Marc Gasol said. "Talent isn't something you can mimic, right? How do you mimic KD? Or Steph's talent? You can't mimic that. You can try to run the same actions, but the guys coming off the screens aren't the same. It doesn't matter. It's not Xs and O's."

Report: Kevin Durant had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles

Report: Kevin Durant had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles Report: Kevin Durant had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles

Guess the return of Kevin Durant could turn this series around. Uh, oh. Not so fast. It looks like Durant may be out again. ‘I’m numb.’ “But to see how the Warriors responded, how they managed all of this and still won 106-105 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals?

By Dan Woike . Kevin Durant exited early from the Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury. It was Durant ’ s first game back since injuring his calf in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.

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Born out of Steve Kerr's first season with the Warriors, when the team would use Green as a small-ball center, the lineup (with Harrison Barnes, not Durant) outscored opposing teams by a comical 38.6 points per 100 possessions in the Warriors' 73-win season -- 14.2 more than any other non-Golden State lineup in the NBA that played at least 100 minutes together.

A year later, with Durant subbed in for Barnes, the lineup outscored teams by 23.3 points per 100 possessions (sixth-best in the league during the regular season), and after a dip during the regular season in 2017, the group tore through the postseason. In 129 minutes together, the Hamptons Death Five outscored teams by a combined 68 points -- most in the playoffs. The second best-lineup, Houston's starters, outscored teams by 49 points -- and needed six more games and 75 more minutes to do so.

Opinion: Warriors' Kevin Durant buckling up for his longest year after Achilles injury

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.

You can change this preference below. Kawhi Leonard speaks to reporters ahead of Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, saying that as the Toronto Raptors made it through the season Leonard says he feels for Kevin Durant , who ruptured his Achilles in Game 5. He says Durant needs to "attack each

Considering the particulars involved, Kevin Durant ' s Achilles issue is as serious as basketball It’ s because Durant played that the Warriors now have a chance, even if it came at too great a price. What chance KD had of finishing his career as one of the two or three most prolific scorers in NBA

While the group stretched defenses to their limits, with three knockdown shooters paired with Green's and Iguodala's expert passing and playmaking, their biggest impact might have been on defense.

"Their impact on [the game], I think goes back a little bit to all the switching. They just pretty much switch everything," Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. "That really wasn't that common, to be able to come out and just switch every time somebody set a ball screen or a down screen or the [dribble handoff] or whatever screen and just switch, switch, switch, switch, switch. Keep every player in front of you and not really have to ever put two on the ball, because they're all pretty good defenders.

"So that's the biggest impact it probably had on the game. I think a lot more teams do a lot more switching since they started doing that."

This season, the group didn't slow down on either end, once again leading all five-man lineups in overall efficiency and true shooting percentage, playing at the second-fastest pace, all while still being the Warriors' top defensive grouping.

Kevin Durant may never be the same again, Achilles specialist says

Kevin Durant may never be the same again, Achilles specialist says An Achilles specialist feels Warriors star Kevin Durant will struggle to be as explosive when he returns from his injury.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant confirmed Wednesday that he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Durant suffered the injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors — his first game since missing nine weeks with an injury to his right calf. "What' s good everybody I wanted to

Durant ’ s Achilles ' injury shakes up the NBA ’ s upcoming free-agency landscape, and some other stars may not be so patient. Which teams, and which star players, can afford to wait on Durant ’ s return to health? This is a question that touches nearly every corner of the league, as Durant has been linked

"When we're healthy and we have all those five guys out there, the chemistry is solid because we don't take over each other's spots on the floor. We all bring something different to the table. We work off each other really well. There's a trust factor and just a rhythm to it on both ends of the floor. I think we all just enjoy that pace that we can play with and the speed that we can show," Curry said Wednesday. "It's just one of those things that when you see those five guys out there, something good is about to happen. And really, you don't know where it's going to come from, too. That's the best part about it. We all enjoy each other's successes. Yeah, it's a great lineup, obviously. I don't know the lasting legacy or whatever.

"Hopefully there's still more of that to come."

But Durant won't be on the court when the Warriors try to extend the NBA Finals. And he'll almost certainly opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, the injury and some of the surrounding controversy around who to blame adding to speculation that he's out the door already in some ways.

In the aftermath of Durant's injury, which came minutes into his return from a monthlong calf strain, the Warriors have come under fire for letting Durant back on the court.

"This last month was a cumulative collaborative effort in his rehabilitation. And that collaboration included Kevin and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, our medical staff, his own outside second-opinion doctor, outside of our organization. Kevin checked all the boxes, and he was cleared to play by everybody involved," Kerr said. "Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right. But that's easy to say after the results. When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a reinjure of the calf.

Kawhi Leonard Provides Encouraging Advice for Kevin Durant Following Achilles Surgery

Kawhi Leonard Provides Encouraging Advice for Kevin Durant Following Achilles Surgery The Golden State Warriors (and a number of potential suitors this summer) received the worst news imaginable for Kevin Durant. The two-time NBA Finals MVP suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during Game 5, which will sideline him for quite a while. Kawhi Leonard knows all too well about how brutal a significant long-term injury can be after he dealt with a troubling quad issue for a majority of last season. The Toronto Raptors star sent some words of encouragement Durant's way, letting him know that his play won't diminish and that he'll return stronger than ever. Based on his own experience, Kawhi shared what advice he'd give KD. pic.twitter.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant left Game 5 with an Achilles injury against the Toronto Raptors more than a month after The Warriors still edged out the Raptors 106-105 to stay alive in the NBA Finals, but Warriors GM Bob Meyers told “Trash,” he said of the fans cheering Durant ’ s injury.

Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant confirmed Wednesday that he had ruptured his Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the NBA Finals and In the second quarter of the game Monday, Durant lost the ball and hobbled to the sidelines clutching his lower right leg. Durant ’ s ordeal is bad

"That was the advice and the information that we had. At that point, once Kevin was cleared to play, he was comfortable with that, we were comfortable with that. So the Achilles came as a complete shock."

And even if he does come back to the Warriors, Thompson is a free agent this summer too. Next summer, so are Green and Iguodala.

The safe bet is we've seen the last of it, Kerr's ultimate strategic weapon, the Warriors' best five on the court playing beautiful basketball together.

The Warriors might try to manipulate rotations to try to find ways to still get Green minutes at center, though they haven't found the right formula for that yet in these NBA Finals without Durant on the court.

With everything at stake Thursday in Game 6, including a finale for Oracle Arena and the fans in Oakland, the Warriors can't waste any energy longing for nostalgia -- whether it's a lineup or a building.

"You really don't think about it too much. We have been in this thing for five years. We really haven't been able to sit back and just reflect on everything," Iguodala said. "Everything has kind of been hectic. Kind of been like a roller coaster -- a circus more than a roller coaster. We just focus on trying to get the job done and get the win."


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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.

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