Durant exits due to right calf strain


So this becomes a throwback challenge for the Warriors, to see if they can muster the same amount of production at both ends as they did before Durant arrived, the results that earned them two trips to the NBA Finals, one championship and a record-setting 73-win season. But the much-hyped flick's plot apparently didn't catch Thompson's attention.

Kevin Durant's right calf strain has unsurprisingly caused a drastic shift in the National Basketball Association playoffs betting market and could produce a different championship favorite for the first time all season. "But he's not playing Game 6".

"Liverpool came out with just one of the great wins in soccer history", Kerr said.

In spite of the Warriors pulling off a 104-99 triumph to take a 3-2 best-of-seven second round series edge, the mood is now one of concern for the two-time defending champions.

Durant strained his right calf late in the third quarter.

While the Warriors survived Game 5 without their 7-foot offensive robot, Charles Barkley doesn't think they can do it again.

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"When I walked into the coaches office after the game the replay of the play was going on and I thought the same thing because he kind of looked back like he had been kicked or something", Kerr said. However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Durant suffered a calf strain and not a ruptured Achilles tendon - as was the fear from many in the immediate aftermath of the injury. "Guys who haven't had opportunities yet (in this series) will have opportunities". Durant has served as a security blanket throughout these playoffs, while Curry and Thompson have struggled with their shot in this series, especially from 3-point range.

"He's had (this injury) before and he's responded well", Kerr said.

The Warriors are 26-1 in their last 27 games when Curry plays but Durant does not.

Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists.

It is very possible with such a short turnaround for a potential game 7 that Durant could miss the rest of the series against the Rockets. But that was like five years ago.