That was partly because Golden State had to play the final quarter without Kevin Durant, who exited the game with a right calf strain. According to ESPN, Durant will undergo an MRI on Thursday to assess the injury.
Spurs forward Rudy Gay, who has suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during his career, said on Twitter that he's heard calf strains can feel similar to Achilles tears, which would explain why Durant's reaction looked so similar to that of someone who tears an Achilles. Curry seemed to have found his groove once again as he carried the shorthanded Warriors in the fourth quarter, and eventually to a pivotal Game 5 victory, scoring 12 of his 25 points in the period. It was a close game that had plenty of twists and turns although perhaps the biggest story of the game was an injury to Kevin Durant that had many people fearing the worst.
These Western Conference semifinals teams are tied up 2-2, with the Rockets winning two consecutive games to even the series behind the play of James Harden. The former MVP victor was visibly in pain and had to head to the locker room immediately. He was leading the team with 22 points when he was hurt, and also had five rebounds and four assists. Whatever we need from him, he gives us.
"I don't know if you're a soccer fan", Kerr said. "We'll see how Kevin's doing tomorrow". "When I walked into the coach's office after the game, the replay of the play was going on". And seeing a Durant-less Dubs should be the thing that motivates the Rockets to take advantage.