The Toronto Raptors fans have been active throughout the 2019 NBA playoffs, but they crossed the line in Monday’s Game 5 when they cheered as Kevin Durant went down with an injury.
While they were clearly thinking about the easier path to a title with Durant out, Draymond Green said it’s no excuse.
“That’s bulls–t,” Green said, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I won a championship. I know how it feels. It’s a great experience. But you don’t cheer when someone goes down to injury. That’s classless.”
DeMarcus Cousins echoed that sentiment.
“That’s some trashy ass s–t,” he said. “Kyle [Lowry] and Serge [Ibaka] had to calm them down. That’s bogus.”
Kyle Lowry and the Warriors tell fans to stop cheering as Kevin Durant walks off with an injury. https://t.co/UldE49bF22
The Golden State Warriors believe Durant tore his Achilles tendon, per Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
The forward had missed about a month of action due to what was called a calf strain, but worked his way back to the court for Game 5 only to be sidelined after 12 minutes of play.
Golden State was able to survive for a 106-105 win to keep their season alive, but they will have to win the next two games without arguably their best player.
Though the injury obviously benefits the Raptors, it doesn’t justify cheering on an injured player.
Stephen Curry explained after the game that he was more “confused” by the reaction because he didn’t expect it from the Toronto fans:
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Stephen Curry on the fans in Toronto initially cheering after Kevin Durant’s injury. “That’s not my experience with this city… You hate to see that when a guy is going through pain like that.” #Warriors #NBAFinals https://t.co/RxAQTzQNBC
Green is rarely afraid to show his emotion, picking up six technical fouls this postseason, but he and the rest of the Warriors realize when a fanbase goes overboard.