Wizards star John Wall adamant that Kevin Durant’s original injury was to Achilles, not calf
A lot of people have tried to play doctor regarding Kevin Durant’s injury during the 2019 playoffs. Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, in an interview with Michael Lee of The Athletic, stated that he believes Durant’s initial injury was already to the Achilles, instead of the reported calf strain:
“I don’t like to talk about other team doctors or whatever, but if you watched Kevin, the whole time before he played that Game 5, if you watch where he was icing at, or when he had his injury, I know what a calf strain is like. I know what an Achilles injury is like. When you look back like that, I knew it was an Achilles injury from the start. I can’t diagnose what those doctors said. But if you look where he was icing his leg, it was the Achilles the whole time.”
Wall, just like Durant, is also recovering from a ruptured Achilles. Wall suffered the injury at home last season after a different surgery. They are both scheduled to miss the entire 2019-20 season because of the potentially career-altering injury.
Durant, then with the Warriors and now with the Brooklyn Nets, started clutching his lower leg during Game 5 of their second-round series against Houston. At the time the injury happened, many speculated that Durant had torn his Achilles given the way he reacted to the injury.
However, he was officially diagnosed with a calf strain. Fast-forward to the NBA Finals, and Durant valiantly tried to return with the Warriors down 3-1 against the Toronto Raptors. Unfortunately, things just got worse for the two-time Finals MVP as he ultimately ruptured his Achilles during the game.
As debilitating as this Achilles tear is for Durant, Wall believes the former MVP can return to his elite form once he comes back in the 2020-21 season.