Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant said he is "hurting deep in the soul right now" after suffering an Achilles injury in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors stayed alive in the Finals with a 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 but it came at a cost following Durant's injury.

Back in the line-up for the first time in nine games after straining his calf in the Western Conference semi-finals, Durant appeared to re-injure his leg in the second quarter on Monday.

Golden State president of basketball operations Bob Myers told reporters after the game that Durant injured his Achilles, with Tuesday's MRI to determine the severity.

And Durant addressed the injury he suffered via an Instagram live post, after the Warriors reduced the Raptors' series lead to 3-2.

"I'm hurting deep in the soul right now I can't lie," Durant's message read in part.

"But, seeing my brothers get this win was like taking a shot of tequila, I got new life."

Durant left the floor after he came up limping following a drive to the basket with a little more than 9:45 to play before half-time. He was then helped back to the locker room by team-mates Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala.

Durant – who has been linked with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers ahead of free agency – scored 11 points on three-of-five shooting and grabbed two rebounds before exiting.

Golden State – seeking a third successive title – will host the Raptors in Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he is "devastated" for Kevin Durant after the star suffered an Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors stayed alive against the Toronto Raptors with a 106-105 win on Monday, however, the crucial victory was overshadowed by Durant's injury.

Durant – making his return from a calf injury after missing nine games – left Scotiabank Arena on crutches following an incident in the second quarter.

The 30-year-old appeared to re-injure his leg as he had to be helped off the court with less than 10 minutes remaining before half-time in Toronto.

Warriors president Bob Myers said Durant suffered an Achilles injury, with an MRI scheduled for Tuesday to determine the severity.

"I just told the team I didn't know what to say," Kerr said. "On the one hand, I'm so proud of them. Just the amazing heart and grit that they showed.

"On the other, I'm just devastated for Kevin. It's a bizarre feeling that we all have right now. An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time."

Durant left the floor after he came up limping following a drive to the basket with a little more than 9:45 to play before halftime. He was then helped back to the locker room by team-mates Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala.

A soon-to-be free agent, Durant scored 11 points on three-of-five shooting and grabbed two rebounds before exiting.

The Warriors ended up holding off the Raptors when Kyle Lowry missed a game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer.

"We got stops. Our defense was bending down the stretch, but we didn't break," Kerr said. "The last stop was tremendous, amazing defense on that last play from all five guys."

The Warriors will host the Raptors in Game 6 at the Oracle Arena on Thursday.

The Golden State Warriors managed to keep their championship dreams alive with a 106-105 victory against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals on Monday.

Although Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney re-aggravated injuries in the matchup and left Game 5, the Warriors held on in Toronto.

Two-time defending champions the Warriors will head back to Oracle Arena for Game 6, trailing the Raptors 3-2.

Here are three takeaways from Golden State's season-saving victory.

 

Warriors were hot from deep

Golden State made five straight three-pointers early in the first quarter, and their efficient shooting carried them throughout the game.

The Warriors finished with 20 successful three-pointers compared to Toronto's eight. 

Despite this large margin, the Raptors kept things close, so a cold night could tip the scales moving forward.

 

Cousins bounced back in a big way

DeMarcus Cousins has been mediocre since his stellar performance in Game 2, but resurfaced on Monday.

Golden State started Game 5 with Durant and Draymond Green in the frontcourt and brought Andrew Bogut off the bench before Cousins.

But, when Cousins did get in, he was very productive. The big man tallied 14 points on six-of-eight shooting in just 20 minutes. Earning back the trust of the coaching staff will help the offense's versatility.

 

Toronto got to the line with ease

The Raptors negated the Warriors' three-point shooting by being aggressive and getting to the line. This was critical to staying close in the contest.

Toronto attempted 27 free throws while Golden State only managed to notch 14.

Injuries to Durant and Looney appear to be affecting Golden State's defensive awareness.

Game 6 will tipoff at Oracle Arena on Thursday.

The Golden State Warriors stayed alive in the NBA Finals after edging the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in Game 5.

Despite losing Kevin Durant to injury in the second quarter, the Warriors stopped the Raptors from claiming their first championship on Monday.

Kyle Lowry was one shot away from sealing a 4-1 series victory and a maiden title for the Raptors, however, he failed to sink a last-gasp three-pointer.

Instead, the Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Thursday only trailing 3-2 in their bid for a three-peat.

The top storyline entering the night was the comeback of Durant, who returned from a calf strain for his first appearance in 32 days.

Durant started off hot, scoring 11 points in his first 12 minutes on three-of-five shooting. But he appeared to re-aggravate his injury early in the second quarter.

He was assisted off the court and did not return in the contest – leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches.

Kawhi Leonard ended up stealing the show, finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds. His personal 10-0 run in the fourth quarter was crucial for the Raptors down the stretch.

Five other Raptors were double-digit scorers, but it was not enough to stop the two-time defending champions.

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 31 points on five successful three-pointers.

He was trailed by Klay Thompson's 26 points and seven three-pointers, while Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double once again.

Kevin Durant left Scotiabank Arena on crutches after appearing to re-aggravate his leg injury during the Golden State Warriors' NBA Finals clash with the Toronto Raptors.

Warriors star Durant – making his long-awaited return from a calf injury – had to be helped off the court in the second quarter of Game 5 in Toronto on Monday.

Durant attempted to drive to the basket with less than 10 minutes remaining before half-time. He went down, grabbed his leg and was helped off the court by trainers. 

The 30-year-old then headed back to the locker room and was joined by team-mates Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala.

Durant – who will undergo a MRI on Tuesday – was then seen leaving the arena on crutches in a walking boot, with the Warriors trailing 3-1 in the Finals series.

Raptors fans initially cheered as Durant was leaving the floor. But, they quickly followed with a "KD" chant. 

Durant strained his calf in the Warriors' second-round series against the Houston Rockets and missed the next nine games.

He returned in the potential decisive matchup of the NBA Finals in Toronto and played 12 minutes before the injury.

Durant scored 11 points on three-of-five shooting and grabbed two rebounds before exiting.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant appeared to re-aggravate his calf injury in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Durant attempted to drive to the basket with a little more than 9:45 to play before half-time in Toronto, where he went down and grabbed his lower leg on Monday.

The two-time Finals MVP had to be helped off the court by his team-mates and trainers as he went to the locker room.

Durant strained his calf in the Warriors' Western Conference semi-final win over the Houston Rockets and missed the next nine games.

He returned to Golden State's line-up for the potential decisive matchup, with the Warriors trailing 3-1 in the series, and played 12 minutes before the injury.

Durant scored 11 points on three-of-five shooting and grabbed two rebounds before exiting.

The Warriors entered Game 5 trailing the Raptors 3-1 in the series. They are seeking their third straight championship and fourth title in the last five seasons.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will be back in the line-up for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Durant has been sidelined with a strained right calf since last month but was listed as questionable on Sunday after being cleared to practice.

However, after going through a full shootaround on Monday and with the Warriors trailing the Raptors 3-1 in the series, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr confirmed Durant's participation in Toronto.

"We'll start him and play him in short spurts and see how he responds," Kerr told reporters pre-game at Scotiabank Arena.

Before going down with the injury, Durant was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists through 11 playoff games.

Durant averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists during the regular season.

The Warriors have gone 6-3 in Durant's absence during the postseason, though all three defeats have been in the championship series against the Raptors.

Toronto hold a 3-1 series lead over Golden State and have a chance to claim the franchise's first title in front of a home crowd.

 

Kevin Durant has been listed as a game-time decision for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, said Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

The Warriors star has been sidelined since suffering a calf strain in Game 5 of the Western Conference semi-finals on May 9.

He missed the entirety of the Western Conference Finals and has been absent for every game of the NBA Finals series with the Toronto Raptors, in which the Warriors face elimination after going down 3-1.

Durant was listed as questionable on Sunday after being cleared to practice for the first time since the injury.

He went through a full shootaround ahead of Monday's game before receiving further treatment on his calf.

Before going down with the injury, Durant was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists through 11 playoff games. He averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists during the regular season.

The Warriors have gone 6-3 in Durant's absence during the postseason, though all three defeats have been against the Raptors, who have a chance to claim their first NBA title in front of a home crowd on Monday.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant was cleared to practice on Sunday.

The Warriors star has been sidelined with a strained right calf since last month, but was back on court on the eve of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Warrors head coach Steve Kerr could not confirm Durant's status for Game 5, stating that the team would determine his availability after he worked with some of the younger players.

"What he's doing today, he hasn't done. He's doing more today, and then we'll know after that," Kerr said.

Durant has not played since suffering the injury in Game 5 of Golden State's second-round series against the Houston Rockets.

Before going down with the injury, Durant was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists through 11 playoff games. He averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists during the regular season.

The Warriors have gone 6-3 in Durant's absence during the postseason, though all three defeats have been in the championship series against the Raptors.

Golden State trail 3-1 heading into Game 5 in Toronto, and the only team to rally from the same deficit in NBA history was a LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers team that beat the Warriors in 2016.

Klay Thompson is expected to play for the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals but Kevin Durant will miss out again, coach Steve Kerr indicated on Thursday.

Thompson missed the Game 3 defeat to the Toronto Raptors with a hamstring injury – a result that saw the defending champions fall 2-1 behind in the best-of-seven series.

Durant's calf has kept him sidelined since he suffered a strain in Game 5 of the second-round series against the Houston Rockets.

Thompson was considered a game-time decision for Game 3. He initially sustained the problem early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 after he landed awkwardly while attempting a three-pointer.

"The whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series," Kerr told reporters after Wednesday's 123-109 loss.

"So that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it. So the good thing is, Klay has done well the last two days; now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully he'll be out there on Friday."

Kerr added on Durant: "The hope would be that he could still make it back for the end of this series."

The Toronto Raptors will not allow their displays to be affected by the Golden State Warriors' injury woes in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors were missing Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney for Game 3 and lost 123-109 at home, with the recently returned DeMarcus Cousins also evidently out of sorts. 

Victory on the road gave the Raptors a 2-1 lead in the series, but coach Nick Nurse insists they paid little attention to the late absence of Thompson, who had featured in the warm-up. 

"It doesn't impact it very much," he told reporters. "I think we're at the point of this series where we've got to get out and guard these dudes, whoever's out there.

"We've got to get playing our defense, quit worrying so much about special plays, this, that, and the other thing. We need to get into the ball.

"When you're guarding it, be great at guarding the ball; when your man doesn't have it, help, make the rotations; if somebody goes to help, help the helper.

"Fly out at shooters and block out. We've got to do a better job of that if we want to win."

And Kyle Lowry says Toronto will not be concerned by any updates on the status of Thompson and Durant before Friday's Game 4 in Oakland.

"We have just got to prepare the same way. We're a real defensive-minded team," he said. "We know they've got those type of weapons, but we've got to just prepare ourselves to be focused on ourselves.

"And that's the one thing we have always done: continued to work on ourselves and work on what we can do.

"We can't control anything else what the Warriors do, we've just got to go out there and do what we can do to get better, continue to grow, and see what we can make adjustments on."

Charles Barkley does not think New York is the right place for Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.

The Hall of Fame player-turned-analyst was asked on Tuesday on a conference call what advice he would give Durant about potentially signing with the Knicks in free agency this offseason.

"Well I'd say, 'Kevin you're one of the greatest players I've ever seen. You've also got some of the thinnest skin I've ever seen. I don't know if you're made for New York City," Barkley said , via SNY. "I think that would be the toughest aspect.

"If he's arguing with these teenagers online, he's not going to be able to deal with that New York media. He's a great person, he's a great player. I don't think he has the mental makeup to play in New York, that's just my personal opinion."

Barkley's comments stem from Durant's reputation for getting into heated exchanges on social media.

Durant, 30, is expected to decline his player option with the Warriors and become a highly coveted free agent.

The Knicks have been rumoured to be a preferable landing spot for the star. However, his manager claimed in May that Durant was undecided on his next destination.

Durant suffered a calf strain in a second-round contest against the Houston Rockets in this year's postseason. He missed all of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers and has already been ruled out of Game 3 of the Warriors' NBA Finals matchup with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

He is averaging a career-high 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 11 playoff appearances so far in 2019.

Golden State and Toronto are tied at 1-1 entering Game 3.

Klay Thompson is confident he will play Game 3 of the NBA Finals despite being described as questionable to feature by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who confirmed Kevin Durant's continued absence.

Warriors star Thompson provided 25 points, five rebounds and five assists as Golden State levelled the series against the Toronto Raptors in a 109-104 road victory on Sunday.

However, he left that game with soreness in his left hamstring in the fourth quarter after landing awkwardly attempting a three-pointer and Kerr told reporters at a media gathering on Tuesday that Thompson's status remains unclear.

The man himself has every intention of featuring, though, saying: "For me personally, it would be hard to see me not playing.

"Hopefully, I'll feel much better tomorrow, [and] be a go for tip-off."

Team-mate Durant remains sidelined, though. The 30-year-old has not played since straining his calf in Game 5 of Golden State's second-round series against the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors, aiming for a third straight NBA championship and fourth in five years, have the chance to take control of the series against the Raptors when it heads to Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Durant has been out with a calf injury and sat out of Game 1 as the Warriors, the defending champions, lost 118-109 in Toronto on Thursday.

A statement from Golden State last week said it was hoped Durant would return "at some point" during the series.

However, that will not be on Sunday in the second meeting with the Raptors, with coach Steve Kerr revealing Durant is still not back in practice.

"Kevin's not going to play on Sunday," he told reporters on Friday. "I guess we've been holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now.

"He's not practicing today. We'll have a practice tomorrow, but he's still progressing. It's near impossible for him to play on Sunday."

The Warriors at least had DeMarcus Cousins back in Game 1 and he came through unscathed.

Cousins said after the game: "It felt good. It felt good to be a part of the energy tonight.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't take any of these moments for granted. To be out there on the floor tonight in this atmosphere was an incredible feeling.

"I'm extremely happy to be a part of it and I enjoyed the moment."

If any team can cope with the loss of two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, it is the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

The back-to-back defending champions begin their series against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday and Steve Kerr's team will be missing Durant, who remains out with the calf injury that has sidelined him since Game 5 of the conference semi-finals.

Golden State seemed to cope just fine without both Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in the Western Conference Finals, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all stepping up as they swept the Portland Trail Blazers.

Here, with the help of Opta, we take a look at the Warriors key players' numbers with and without Durant, who has missed nine games combined in the regular season and playoffs.

Stephen Curry

With Durant: 27.1 points (per 100 possessions), 7.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists

Without Durant: 46.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists

The biggest beneficiary of Durant's absence has undoubtedly been Curry, who has averaged an astonishing 46.5 points per 100 possessions when the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward has been off the floor.

Curry has long been the face of the Warriors' franchise and averaged 30.1 points in the final regular season before Durant arrived, so it is no surprise to see him putting up huge numbers once more.

The 31-year-old averaged 24.0 field-goal attempts per game against Portland, a huge increase from the 14.7 he averaged against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, when a fully-fit Durant was on fire.

With Durant out, almost two thirds of Curry's field-goal attempts (62.7 per cent) have been three-pointers, compared to just over half (53.8 per cent) when the former Texas Longhorn has played.

Klay Thompson

With Durant: 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists

Without Durant: 27.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists

The other half of the 'Splash Brothers' has also had a bump in his offensive production when Durant has been missing.

Almost all of Thompson's field goals (88.5 per cent) this season came via an assist when Durant was playing, but that percentage has dropped to 70.2 without him. With one less superstar to feed, Thompson has clearly been more willing to take on shots himself.

Like Curry (40.4 per cent), Thompson's three-point percentage has been above 40 (42.1 per cent) in Durant's absence, compared to (36.7 per cent) when he has featured.

Draymond Green

With Durant: 15.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 9.7 assists

Without Durant: 19.0 points, 13.6 rebounds, 11.0 assists

Having recorded back-to-back triple-doubles in the final two games of the Western Conference Finals, Green is clearly a man in form.

He has been far more likely to take shots from deep when Durant has not been on the floor - 28.6 per cent of his field-goal attempts coming from beyond the arc, compared to 17.4 - and he has made 27.3 per cent of those, up from 12.5.

Green is happy to take a backseat if and when Durant and Cousins return, though, saying: "Somebody has to give up something when you have that many guys who are capable of doing what they are doing. I take it upon myself to be the guy to give that up."

Andre Iguodala

With Durant: 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists

Without Durant: 13.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists

Even at 35, Iguodala has still been a key contributor for the Warriors and he drained five three-pointers in the crucial Game 6 victory over the Houston Rockets earlier this month.

The 2015 Finals MVP is one of the few players to have better statistics with Durant around, though, averaging more points and rebounds but contributing fewer assists.

Kevon Looney

With Durant: 12.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists

Without Durant: 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists

The surprise success story of this postseason for the Warriors has been center Looney, who averaged 27.3 minutes on court in the Portland series, compared to 18.5 minutes in the regular season.

Looney had a whopping 14 boards in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, and he has made 79.5 per cent of his field-goal attempts in Durant's absence, which is a significant increase from the 60.0 per cent when the Warriors' star has played.

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