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Questions abound after Kevin Durant appears to injure Achilles tendon in comeback game against Raptors

June 11, 2019 - 6:12 pm
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(TORONTO) -- With the Golden State Warriors facing possible elimination in Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors, the night began as a perfect comeback for Kevin Durant, the team's star forward.

And in a separate tweet from her own account, Durant's mother told fans on Twitter that "This too shall pass."

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Both teams face off again in Game 6 on Thursday in Oakland, California. It's a game so anticipated, that floor seats are going for more than $100,000.

As Lowry struggled to regain his balance, video showed Stevens giving him a shove to the left shoulder. Stevens was fined $500,000 and banned from attending games as well as Warriors team activities activities for a year, the NBA and Warriors teams officials said in a joint statement last Wednesday.

Mark Stevens, a venture capitalist, was sitting courtside during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, when Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry dove into the sidelines to keep the ball from going out of bounds.

On Thursday, NBA officials banned a Golden State Warriors minority owner after video showed him shoving a player on the sidelines during the game.

— Wanda Durant (@MamaDurant) June 11, 2019

The final series has not been without its share of drama.

In a post to his Instagram stories on Monday night, Durant remained optimistic, saying: "I'm hurting deep in the soul right now I can't lie but seeing my brothers get this win was like taking a shot of tequila, I got a new life lol. #dubs."

"He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision. I don't believe there's anyone to blame. ... But if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department," Myers said.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who got choked up at times during a news conference after the game, said that Durant had gone through four weeks with the medical team.

But, there are now questions about whether the Warriors, hoping to win their third straight NBA title, might have brought Durant back from his calf injury too soon -- and cost him what could potentially be the entire 2019-2020 season.

In the end, the Warriors were able to hold the Raptors off from their first title win in franchise history, 106-105.

"He gave us what he had. He sacrificed his body and we know how it turned out," said teammate Steph Curry after the game.

He was helped off the court by teammate Andre Iguodala as well as staff. Even famed Raptors fan and rapper Drake was seen patting Durant on the back as he made his way to the locker room.

But in the second quarter, after scoring 11 points for the Warriors, Durant appeared to injure his right Achilles tendon.

Before he took the court at the NBA Finals on Monday night, he hadn't played since May 8, after he'd injured his right calf in a Western Conference semifinals game against the Houston Rockets.


The final series has not been without its share of drama.

On Thursday, NBA officials banned a Golden State Warriors minority owner after video showed him shoving a player on the sidelines during the game.

Mark Stevens, a venture capitalist, was sitting courtside during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, when Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry dove into the sidelines to keep the ball from going out of bounds.

As Lowry struggled to regain his balance, video showed Stevens giving him a shove to the left shoulder. Stevens was fined $500,000 and banned from attending games as well as Warriors team activities activities for a year, the NBA and Warriors teams officials said in a joint statement last Wednesday.

Both teams face off again in Game 6 on Thursday in Oakland, California. It's a game so anticipated, that floor seats are going for more than $100,000.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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