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Warriors’ Kevin Durant leaves Raptors’ arena on crutches after NBA Finals Game 5

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After suffering a lower leg injury which ruled him out for the remainder of Game 5, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors was seen leaving the Toronto Raptors’ arena on crutches.

Per Phil Barber, see the clip below of Durant leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches. He was accompanied by agent Rich Kleiman and Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers.

The Warriors have not specified what type of injury it is, although the two-time NBA Finals MVP will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. Game 5 was Durant’s first game back in a month after suffering a calf strain in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.

Many fans and critics questioned the severity of Durant’s injury. Initially, it was thought of as an Achilles tear which would’ve ruled Kevin Durant out for the entire NBA Finals.

But ahead of Game 5, when Durant’s status was upgraded to ‘questionable,’ the skepticism was hushed — even for a few hours. But after Kevin Durant went down, the questions are now louder than ever as to what Durant’s real injury status is. There is a predictable firestorm of controversy surrounding the way in which the Warriors returned Durant to the court and approved his participation in Game 5. This is a situation which is extremely easy to second-guess, though not necessarily justified or responsible. Knee-jerk “Twitter doctor” commentary won’t solve problems. Yet, it is clear that with the series continuing into a Game 6 in Oakland on Thursday, the next two days of talk before Thursday’s tip-off will focus on decision-makers inside the Warriors’ organization.

The MRI will offer needed details and clarity on this latest injury situation, but seeing Durant falling for the second time on the same leg is heartbreaking for any basketball fan.