TORONTO – Kevin Durant looked toward the sky in exasperation as he was helped off the court. Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry followed toward the locker room. Raptors fans who at first cheered when Durant went down — and earlier had been chanting that he sucks — eventually cheered in support and chanted, “KD! KD!”
Durant left Game 5 of the NBA Finals early in the second quarter with an apparent re-aggravation of the leg injury that sidelined him the last month.
Durant will not return to the game with a lower leg injury, a vague and concerning term.
With Durant back in the lineup, the Warriors – in a potential elimination game – were playing much better. Durant (11 points) already became the first player to enter an NBA Finals this deep into the series and score double digits in his first game.
But now Golden State faces a much taller task without Durant.