Warriors continue to show support for Kevin Durant with towel, warm-up shirts
Durant had been having one of the best postseasons of his career prior to sustaining a mild calf strain in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. After missing the Dubs’ next nine playoff games, Durant returned in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with his team facing a 1-3 deficit against the Toronto Raptors.
Initially, it looked like a movie script. Durant made three consecutive 3-pointers and had racked up 11 points in his first 12 minutes, helping the Warriors jump out to an early lead. But things took a turn for the worse when Durant fell to the court holding his right leg after attempting to make a dribble move on Raptors forward Serge Ibaka.
Golden State president Bob Myers, coaches and teammates alike were devastated following a gutsy win, and Durant revealed the nature of the injury on Wednesday afternoon.
While KD is not with the team after undergoing surgery, the Warriors are keeping his tremendous and courageous effort in mind as they prepare for Game 6 this Thursday. The team is wearing shirts that say “For Oakland”, with the ‘K’ and ‘D’ highlighted in white. They have also supplied fans at Oracle Arena with rally towels imprinted with the same slogan.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 13, 2019
Durant has remained positive in the wake of such a tragic injury, immediately posting an Instagram story to show support for his teammates while also saying he is “built” for the recovery ahead.
The Warriors will look to extend the series at home on Thursday night, heavy hearts and all.