Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant will not be on the court for Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals after he ruptured his Achilles on Monday, but his teammates have not forgotten him.
As Golden State prepares for its final game at Oracle Arena on Thursday night, Klay Thompson took a moment to show some love to his injured teammate on Instagram, urging fans to honor the two-time Finals MVP during Game 6:
After he missed a month with a calf strain, Durant tried to play in Game 5 as the Warriors faced a 3-1 deficit. Although he dropped 11 points while going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, he had to be helped off the court early in the second quarter after he went down with a non-contact injury.
Durant revealed Wednesday he underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles.
Thompson has been one of Durant’s most vocal supporters since the setback. When the Toronto crowd at Scotiabank Arena celebrated the injury, Thompson called the reaction ” bulls–t.”
Thompson also told reporters this week that he wanted to win the championship for Durant, noting how his teammate sacrificed his health for the team:
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“I want to try to win this for him.” – Klay on KD’s injury. https://t.co/4D0fEUXbor
And when a reporter asked him if Durant had done enough to be considered a Splash Brother, Thompson offered nothing but praise:
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Klay on if KD is worthy of Splash Brother status: “I guess he ain’t win enough Finals MVPs…” 😂 https://t.co/gD2pMLDnyw
Golden State chasing its third straight title thanks in large part to Durant’s contributions. The Warriors are 9-1 over the last three seasons in Finals games Durant has played in. Meanwhile, they are 1-3 without him during that span.
When the Warriors close out Oracle Arena on Thursday night, they will not only attempt to keep their season alive, but they will also look to win it for Durant.