Game 5 of the NBA Finals was nothing short of insanity. With emotions riding high, and Toronto 1 win away from taking the title in their own city, the Warriors knew it was do or die. After game 4 fans and players alike were asking themselves the same question, “Can KD come back and lead a historic comeback?”
After almost a month of being injured Kevin Durant was cleared to play and at the start of the game the arena and fans at home remembered what they had been missing. KD started off hot making his first 3 three point shots and attracting attention that his replacements were unable to demand. The Warriors would go on to win this game 106-105 after Kyle Lowery missed a last second 3 from the corner, but what they lost in the process was devastating.
Kevin Durant was coming back from a lower calf injury and at one point in the 2nd quarter there was a noticeable pop in that same calf. At the time, no one knew the extent of the injury, but it wasn’t long before news of Kevin tearing his Achilles came out in the public. The most unfortunate part about the injury was that when Kevin Durant went down, he went down to an onslaught of cheers from the Toronto Raptors fans. Even Toronto’s own players were disgusted by this show of emotion and did what they could to kill the cheers.
Nevertheless, Kevin Durant, with impending free agency, is looking toward a summer of intense rehab if hopes to play at all next year. Not to mention his future is in question as to if he’ll be the same player and where he will call home. It’s a rough situation for Durant who has constantly been in the spotlight having his every move critiqued. What he proved through this tragedy is that he was always willing to put himself at risk for the better of his brothers and teammates, but unfortunately this time it cost him. We hope for a speedy recovery for KD as he is one of the best players in the world and any basketball fan knows losing him is losing a huge piece of the NBA landscape.