Posted on June 11, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
Talk about not listening to your body. Last night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Kevin Durant made his triumphant return to the court after a nasty calf strain he sustained in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets. Well, maybe triumphant isn’t the right word to use here, considering he proceeded to likely tear his Achilles tendon in the second quarter. He’s expected to undergo an MRI later today to confirm the injury, and we can’t help but hope for the best. That is NOT a feeling we want to experience. If you look closely in the clip below, you can see his tendon ‘bounce’ in a way that will send shivers down your spine.
Kevin Durant appears to aggravate his calf injury and heads to the locker room early in the second quarter. pic.twitter.com/VXu3SmTS8Y— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 11, 2019
We mentioned on Twitter that our Chief Product Officer, Grant Cohen, was likely celebrating in the office when he heard the news. Did we jinx it? Maybe. Do we feel responsible? No. Durant probably should have given himself a little more time to heal. We get that the Warriors’ medical team cleared him to play, but we get the feeling that Durant’s ego might have played a role in the decision. When it comes to players in the FCFL potentially missing a make-or-break playoff game, we think the fans would hope the players err on the side of caution. We don’t think the fans would say that one game is worth a serious injury that could affect their playing abilities forever. But of course, we’re all ears if any of you fans out there think differently!