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Fans at Oracle Arena erupted in a chant of “KD, KD, KD” during the Golden State Warriors’ first timeout in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
The chant was in reaction to the Warriors playing a “Do It for Kevin” video, a montage of Warriors players speaking about dedicating their play to Kevin Durant, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the Finals.
The star forward announced the diagnosis of his injury Wednesday in an Instagram post, saying that he’d already gotten through a successful surgery for the injury. Before his injury in Game 5, Durant scored 11 points and seemed to give the Warriors a boost.
Durant’s decision to try to play in Game 5 and his subsequent season ending injury have been a rallying point for the team and the Warriors fan base. The Warriors organization passed out towels that paid tribute to Oakland and KD as Game 6 attendees filed into Oracle Arena.
In a post to Instagram on Thursday afternoon, Warriors guard Klay Thompson wrote that the Warriors “would not be in this position if it weren’t for” Durant.
After the timeout, video and chant, the Warriors, who were down 17-12 when the timeout was taken, outscored the Raptors 20-16 to finish the first quarter down a point.
One person watching the game noted on Twitter, “He definitely coming back to them now,” after seeing the crowd at Oracle show love for Durant.
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