Kevin Durant traveling to New York for tests on injured Achilles
Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant will be in New York on Tuesday to undergo further testing and evaluation on his injured Achilles tendon, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 11, 2019
Durant had been sidelined since the Western Conference Semifinals due to a calf injury. However, he was cleared to play in Monday night’s NBA Finals matchup. It was Game 5, and the Warriors were facing elimination.
Everything seemed fine for Durant — until the early stages of the second quarter. As he brought the ball across the timeline, Durant picked up a screen, which left Raptors forward Serge Ibaka in defense. Durant made a crossover move near the three-point line, but he immediately went down in pain after planting his right foot.
Durant was escorted to the visiting locker room for evaluation and did not return. It was later revealed that he had suffered an Achilles tendon injury.
“It’s an Achilles injury,” Myers told ESPN after the game, while holding back tears. “I don’t know the extent of it. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow. Prior to coming back he went through four weeks with a medical team, and it was thorough, and it was experts and multiple MRIs and multiple doctors, and we felt good about the process.”
In the end, the Warriors managed to stave off elimination, but only just. A 9-2 run in the closing stages of the fourth quarter allowed Golden State to walk away with a one point victory, 106-105.
The Warriors and Raptors will meet for Game 6 on Thursday night. Tip-off inside Oracle Arena is set for 9:00 p.m. ET, with ABC having live broadcast coverage.