OAKLAND — The Warriors might have already lost Kevin Durant two months before free agency even began.
Durant left with 2:42 left in the third quarter of Game 5 the Warriors-Houston Rockets playoff series after suffering what the team determined to be a right calf strain. After nailing a baseline jumper, Durant immediately felt pain in his right leg. The Warriors called timeout immediately, and Durant went to the locker room.
Durant will have an MRI on Thursday, and the Warriors will determine whether he will travel to Houston based off of those results. It seems safe, however, to rule him out for Game 6.
To the Warriors’ relief, Durant did not suffer an Achilles injury, which takes about 8 months to a year to recover. Though the Warriors don’t have an immediate timetable on Durant’s injury, but Durant missed three games last season as well as two games in the 2017 NBA playoffs with a similar injury.