Durant exits Game 5 due to right calf strain

Warriors forward Kevin Durant limped off the court due to a right calf strain during the third quarter of Golden State’s game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif., and he missed the remainder of the contest.
His status moving forward in the postseason is unclear.
Durant sank a fadeaway jumper with 2:05 left in the third to give the Warriors a 68-65 lead in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, then began hobbling as he turned to head upcourt.
He was immediately replaced on the floor by Andre Iguodala. Less than a minute later, the Rockets took their first lead since 14-12 in the first quarter, but the Warriors rallied to win 104-99 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr allayed fears that Durant had torn his Achilles tendon.
“It’s not the Achilles,” Kerr said. “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.
“I (thought), ‘I’ve seen that before with guys who have hurt their Achilles.’ So that was my first question, and I was assured that it’s a calf strain and not the Achilles.”
Durant will undergo an MRI on Thursday. He missed three games in January of 2018 with a right calf strain.
Durant, who scored 22 points in 32 minutes Wednesday, is averaging 33.2 points in the first four games of the series and 34.2 points in this year’s postseason. In the regular season, he averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 78 games.
The 30-year-old veteran was the NBA Finals MVP each of the past two years as the Warriors won consecutive championships, and he was the league MVP in 2013-14. Durant is a 10-time All-Star.
Durant is heading into free agency this summer amid numerous media reports that he might look to leave Golden State.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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