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Warriors’ Kevin Durant undergoes surgery for torn Achilles

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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant announced on Instagram Wednesday that he has undergone surgery to repair a torn Achilles.

Durant will miss the rest of the NBA Finals and could miss most or all of next season:

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What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I'm proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I'm proud my brothers got the W. It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering  with dub nation while they do it.

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Durant suffered the Achilles injury early in the second quarter of Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors. He had scored 11 early points in his return from a calf injury, which had kept him out a month after he suffered that injury in Game 5 of the second-round series against the Houston Rockets.

There was plenty of drama surrounding Durant’s pending return, with rumors of frustration within the Warriors cropping up. Warriors coach Steve Kerr insisted Wednesday that Durant was cleared to play by multiple parties and not rushed back into action, echoing what president Bob Myers said after Game 5.

Durant’s free agency this summer has been one of the biggest storylines of the season, and his prolonged absence could throw a major wrench into what goes down in the NBA. However, it seems his suitors have no issues offering up a max contract even despite this major injury.

Kevin Durant will be 31 years old at the start of next season and could be 32 by the time he sees the floor again. Achilles tears are tough to come back from, but Durant’s skill should help him remain one of the most potent scorers in the NBA upon his return, even if he’s not quite at peak levels.