Basketball star Kevin Durant’s long-awaited return from injury for the Golden State Warriors was shortlived as he suffered an Achilles injury in Game five of the NBA Finals.
Durant, who had been sidelined for a month with a calf problem, made a superb start against the Toronto Raptors but went down clasping his right ankle after planting his foot on the ground in the second quarter.
The Warriors ace immediately hobbled to the side of the court and clutched his lower right leg.
He was then helped by team-mates Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala as he bellowed out an expletive in agony.
“He was cleared to play tonight; that was a collaborative decision,” Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said in an emotional interview after the match.
“I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department.
“To tell you something about Kevin Durant: Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong. He’s a good team mate, he’s a good person, it’s not fair.”
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Myers confirmed Durant is now set to undergo an MRI scan on Tuesday to assess the significance of the injury.
The Warriors were leading at the time of Durant’s injury and went on to prevail 106-105 to cut the Raptors’ lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2, forcing Game Six of this year’s Finals.