A leg injury has taken Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors out of Game 5 of the second round in the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Durant limped off the court after sustaining a non-contact injury in the third quarter of the Warriors’ contest with the Houston Rockets. Early reports describe the injury as a calf strain rather than a much more serious Achilles injury.
Update: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Durant will undergo an MRI on his calf on Thursday.
Golden State star Kevin Durant will undergo an MRI tomorrow on his right calf, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 9, 2019
Here’s the video of the incident:
Kevin Durant goes to the locker room after suffering an apparent non-contact injury on lower leg pic.twitter.com/JCLv3szwz8— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 9, 2019
And the subsequent reports:
Kevin Durant (right calf strain) will not return to tonight's game.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 9, 2019
Early indications on Kevin Durant's lower leg, league source tells ESPN: It doesn't appear to be an Achilles injury.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 9, 2019
Durant has averaged 35.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists for the Warriors in the 2019 playoffs. The winner of the Warriors-Rockets series will go on to face the winner of the Trail Blazers-Nuggets series in the Western Conference Finals.