Kevin Durant knocked out of Game 5 after suffering calf sprain, not Achilles injury

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was forced to head into the locker room after suffering a calf strain in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Durant landed awkwardly after a midrange jump shot, and immediately grabbed at what appeared to be his right Achilles tendon.

The TNT broadcast crew speculated that Durant’s reaction looked similar to what happened Kobe Bryant, who thought he was kicked in his Achilles tendon before realizing no one was there. Bryant also was able to walk off the court, and was later diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon.

TNT’s Allie LaForce reported in the fourth quarter that Durant suffered a left calf strain, and it did “not appear” to be an Achilles tendon injury.

Durant was ruled out for the remainder of Game 5.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information is made available.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email him at and follow him on Twitter

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