The diagnosis on Golden State star Kevin Durant: an Achilles injury.
Durant, who was injured during the Western Conference semifinals, returned Monday for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but again went down hurt. Durant limped off the court and was seen leaving the arena on crutches.
After the game, which the Warriors won 106-105 at Toronto, Golden State general manager Bob Myers delivered an update on Durant. Myers was visibly upset and fighting back tears while talking about Durant.
“Kevin had a ... it’s an Achilles injury. I don’t know the extent of it. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow,” Myers said.
He later added: “I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand this world and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. Um, let me 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.
“I’m not here to ... he’s one of the most misunderstood people. He’s a good teammate. He’s a good person. It’s not fair.”
SportsCenter shared this clip of the emotional scene: