Warriors star Kevin Durant was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right calf and isn’t expected to be re-evaluated again until next week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Durant landed awkwardly after a midrange jump shot, and immediately grabbed at the back of his leg with 2:11 left in the third quarter and the Warriors leading 68-65.
Durant suffered a similar calf sprain in 2017 and missed a week in the first round of the playoffs. If the recovery time is similar, then Durant could be available for the Western Conference finals if the Warriors can find a way to dispatch of the Rockets.
Durant was averaging a team-high 33.2 points per game against the Rockets, while knocking down 43.8 percent of his 3-point shots in the series.
“He’s not going to play Game 6,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic after Wednesday’s 104-99 win over the Rockets in Game 5. “We can all pretend and just say he’s doubtful. But he’s not playing Game 6.”
Durant will stay in the Bay Area and receive treatment on the injury while the Warriors travel to Houston.
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