UPDATE: Durant has a right calf strain. His timetable is unknown, but he will not return tonight.
Kevin Durant has suffered a right calf strain.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 9, 2019
Durant pulled up for a baseline jumper, and landed without contact. As he started to run back down the court, he stopped and turned back, as though he had suddenly been kicked by someone, though he hadn’t. He then started limping, and immediately left the court.
He walked off on his own power, but went straight to the locker room.
On the broadcast, Reggie Miller was talking about how Durant’s reaction was in line with what happens during an Achilles tear. Miller noted that if you feel as though you’ve been kicked, even though there’s been no contact, that’s usually an Achilles.
An Achilles injury would be the worst of news for Durant. It’s a torn Achilles that kept DeMarcus Cousins off the court for an entire year.
So many NBA ramifications — tonight, these playoffs, this summer and far beyond — ride on whether this scary Kevin Durant injury is what many fear pic.twitter.com/ZYFDnaUkXX— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 9, 2019
That said, it could be something else, or if it is an Achilles, it could be a milder injury. But it is very possible that Kevin Durant’s season is over, and that would be heartbreaking for the team, the league, and the fans, but most importantly for Durant, who has been nothing short of spectacular in these playoffs.
We’ll keep you updated if any additional news comes out.