Stephen Curry celebrated the Golden State Warriors’ 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, but his thoughts didn’t drift too far from teammate Kevin Durant.
Curry told Doris Burke that Durant “gave us what he could” and “sacrificed his body for us.”
“Prayers up to KD, he gave us what he could. … I got a lot of emotions right now.” – Steph Curry to @heydb postgame. https://t.co/kaCUFh4xwg
After missing a little over a month, Durant returned from a right calf strain to start Game 5. He played 12 minutes and scored 11 points before exiting with what the Warriors called a “right lower leg injury.”
Durant grabbed the lower portion of his right leg, which led many to wonder whether he had tweaked his calf or picked up an Achilles injury.
Curry addressed Durant’s injury further after the game. He mentioned how the general narrative around the Warriors has focused on their pursuit of a fourth title in five years and their place in basketball history, which generally ignores the physical and emotional toll that quest has on the players.
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“I just feel so bad for him.” Steph Curry goes through his emotions surrounding Kevin Durant’s injury. #NBAFinals https://t.co/LUFLKX8u69
ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne reported Durant was on crutches with a boot on his right foot as he left Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. Golden State general manager Bob Myers didn’t specify the nature of the problem but told reporters it’s an Achilles issue.
Although the Warriors live to fight another day in the Finals, Durant’s injury looms large over the remainder of the series as Golden State attempts to overcome what was a 3-1 deficit heading into Game 5.