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Monday, 10 June 2019

Megastar limps out of crucial Game 5


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Kevin Durant was to be the Golden State Warriors' saviour after returning from a calf injury that had limited him to a bystander through the first four games of the NBA Finals.

But midway through the second quarter his calf failed him again and he limped out of the game having put his side in a strong position to wrestle the series back to Oakland.

Already with 11 points including three 3-pointers, Durant was well on course to be the difference-maker the Warriors needed to turn a series that had been dominated by Kawhi Leonard, with the Toronto Raptors leading 3-1 and playing a close-out game at home.

An innocuous looking contest between the two-time NBA Finals MVP and Raptors big man Serge Ibaka put paid to that with Durant dramatically dropping to the floor and clutching at his injured calf as the ball was stolen.

His reaction was met by a collective gasp from the noisy Scotiabank Arena before the nasty side of the crowd came out, with Raptors players Kyle Lowry and Ibaka motioning for the crowd to stop cheering the megastar's unfortunate departure.

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With speculation rife that Durant will leave the Warriors following this series, he may have played his last game for a side that was great without him and dynastic following his arrival.

His legacy at the franchise is still a highly charged debate, with many fans and critics believing that while Durant has made the team better, they were more fun to watch before he arrived. Steph Curry is considered the team's true champion and leader.

Ironically, the injury that robbed Durant of a possible third consecutive Finals MVP might just be the thing that elevates his reputation at the franchise, especially if they lose to the Raptors without him.

At half-time in Game 5 the Warriors lead 62-56.

More to follow...

Kevin Durant was to be the Golden State Warriors' saviour after returning from a calf injury that had limited him to a bystander through the first four games of the NBA Finals.

But midway through the second quarter his calf failed him again and he limped out of the game having put his side in a strong position to wrestle the series back to Oakland.

Already with 11 points including three 3-pointers, Durant was well on course to be the difference-maker the Warriors needed to turn a series that had been dominated by Kawhi Leonard, with the Toronto Raptors leading 3-1 and playing a close-out game at home.

An innocuous looking contest between the two-time NBA Finals MVP and Raptors big man Serge Ibaka put paid to that with Durant dramatically dropping to the floor and clutching at his injured calf as the ball was stolen.

His reaction was met by a collective gasp from the noisy Scotiabank Arena before the nasty side of the crowd came out, with Raptors players Kyle Lowry and Ibaka motioning for the crowd to stop cheering the megastar's unfortunate departure.

https://twitter.com/TSN_Sports/status/1138265754325979136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

With speculation rife that Durant will leave the Warriors following this series, he may have played his last game for a side that was great without him and dynastic following his arrival.

His legacy at the franchise is still a highly charged debate, with many fans and critics believing that while Durant has made the team better, they were more fun to watch before he arrived. Steph Curry is considered the team's true champion and leader.

Ironically, the injury that robbed Durant of a possible third consecutive Finals MVP might just be the thing that elevates his reputation at the franchise, especially if they lose to the Raptors without him.

At half-time in Game 5 the Warriors lead 62-56.

More to follow...

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