MRI Confirms Kevin Durant Calf Strain; Out Of Rockets Playoff Series

Arnold Nichols
Мая 12, 2019

"We trust each other". We know we're going to have to be near flawless to go down to the Houston without Kevin and win a game.

The Rockets knew it too.

Kevon Looney will certainly play more minutes as he did Wednesday.

It was a non-contact injury after an attempted jump shot. This is probably the best-case scenario for Golden State; with the way Durant grabbed at his leg on Wednesday night, many feared the worst.

"Any time you see something like that, it's scary", Curry said. "It's a calf strain and not the Achilles".

The Rockets were hopeful of seeing Durant on the court Friday. In the games that we won, they didn't get those opportunities. Tucker has had at least 10 rebounds in the last four games.

Paul scored only three points in that stretch, missing all three of his shots.

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Harden was engaged. His last rest had come in the final few minutes of the first quarter.

The Rockets had their chance in the first half, when Curry was scoreless.

Curry and Thompson appeared to find their shots late in the fourth quarter of Game 5. If the Rockets hold serve, as they did in Games 3 and 4, Oracle Arena will host Game 7 on Sunday. The Warriors said he'll be re-evaluated next week.

Harden was the game's leading scorer with 31 points for the Rockets, who were both outshot by the Warriors from the field 45.9 percent to 41.8 percent and outscored on 3-pointers 39-36. And the Rockets added another layer to their Warriors nightmare. "They've got a lot of guts". He also missed two games during the 2017 playoffs - the only two playoff games he has missed during his 12-year career - with a left calf strain. The team stopped short of officially ruling him out a possible Game 7 in Oakland.

The Warriors can get comfortable with this because each of their leaders - Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson - was drafted under a cloud of doubt. Durant is the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP. His tenure in Houston has been defined by glorious regular seasons and then letdowns in the playoffs.

"I don't think there's going to be many people looking to bet the Warriors in this game, so might as well tax it on the higher side of Houston", Jeff Sherman, Las Vegas SuperBook vice president of risk, told ESPN. They did it with the Rockets at full strength.

A false step by Durant has presented them within reach of that brass ring.

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