Kevin Durant’s comeback game for the Golden State Warriors did not last long, after over a month on the shelf, Durant returned to action for Game 5 against the Raptors on Monday night. He got off to a great start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, his return was cut short in the second quarter when he appeared to re-injure his calf.
Ahh no, KD went down pic.twitter.com/thJCbDomrI
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) June 11, 2019
Later after the halftime, the Warriors announced that Durant would not return to the game due to a “right lower leg injury” and will get an MRI tomorrow.
During the third quarter, Durant was spotted leaving the Warriors’ locker room at Scotiabank Arena on crutches which provides fans with another indication of how impactful this latest injury is.
Durant practiced with the Warriors on Sunday for the first time since sustaining the calf injury, and he also participated in shootaround on Monday morning.
“He looked good,” Warriors head coach Kerr said of Durant to media members on Monday morning. “We’ll see where it goes.”
Kerr has previously stated that Durant could potentially play in the series after just one practice.
“It’s feasible,” Kerr said. “But again, it’s really a day-to-day thing. If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. It’s just an injury; there’s been a lot of gray area. So literally it’s just day to day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”
With Durant set to return for Game 5, one has to wonder about the level of rust that he will be dealing with after being sidelined for over a month. But, Durant at even 60 or 70 percent would provide a big boost to the Warriors, who have looked lost without him at times against the Raptors.
“You worry about the conditioning … the skill obviously is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get his shot off any time he wants,” Kerr said. “He’s Kevin Durant. So, if we have him out there, he’ll be a threat, we know that.”
Now that he’s finally set to return, Durant has a legacy-altering opportunity in front of him. His team dug themselves into a 3-1 hole without him, and if he can lead them out of that hole and to a third straight title, it would be viewed as an all-time accomplishment.