Kevin Durant will play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 11, 2019,
Jun 11, 2019, 11:13
It appears the Warriors star should make one last rescue attempt as Golden State looks to complete an unprecedented three-peat.
The two-time Finals MVP left early in the second quarter after he went down clutching his right lower leg. Durant called for the trainers shortly thereafter and was helped off the court to the locker room. Yet, the past few days have seen a dramatic turn in Durant's status, and with the Warriors down 3-1 in the series against the Raptors, Durant was ready to give it a go. "You never know. I mean, if we would have won the game, we wouldn't be talking about it".
The Raptors could be headed towards a momentous night - they could secure their first championship title in history.
Point guard Curry, 31, described Monday's game as "do or die", adding: "It wasn't pretty in the second half but we just made the shots".
He entered Game 5 leading all postseason scorers with 34.2 points per game on 51.3 percent shooting.
Hold on to your seats.
But then, about two minutes into the second quarter, Durant dribbled the ball between his legs, took a step forward, and seemed to immediately realized that something terrible had happened.
Durant left the arena on crutches and will reportedly be getting an MRI on Tuesday.
As it turned out, Game 5 was a little of Column A and a little of Column B. Several other big names from the sports world are in the crowd as well - including Canadian tennis star and former NBA All-Star Celebrity Game player Eugenie Bouchard, soccer's Thierry Henry and Jonathan de Guzmán and hockey's Claude Giroux and Evander Kane. Leonard had the ball but the Warriors forced him to pass and it ended up in the corner to Lowry, but Green sprinted over to get a hand on his shot as the buzzer sounded.
Durant played the first 6:10, and the Warriors led 19-16 when he departed. "He blocked it. I'm not going to miss it; he got a little piece of it".
The Warriors' 20 three-pointers on the night, including three in the final 2:32, were a franchise record for threes allowed by Toronto. Fred VanVleet knocked down a pair of triples and Kyle Lowry is making things happen on the offensive end to keep Toronto close. He remains in the game.
With under five minutes in the fourth quarter, Toronto took a 98-97 lead. Durant for three, Curry, Klay.
Gasol said if there was a message in the Raptors locker-room, it's that they've bounced back before.