After missing the past nine games with a strained right calf, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant returned to action, starting Game 5 of the NBA Finals. However, Durant's return was cut short when he reinjured his calf early in the second quarter.
The Warriors led Toronto 39-34 with 9 minutes, 46 seconds left in the first half at the time of the injury. Durant scored 11 points in the first quarter and made all three of his 3-pointer attempts.
The Toronto Raptors crowd chanted "KD, KD" as Durant was helped back to the locker room, and Durant's fellow pro players sent their well-wishes to the Warriors star on Twitter.
Even with all the things @KDTrey5 has done. This is the most fan(ed) out I've been. He knew he wasn't right but he wanted to be there for his brothers. That's sports! That's love!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 11, 2019
Nooooo...HATE TO SEE THAT SH*T!!!— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 11, 2019
MAJOR RESPECT for KD wanting to rush back and try to help his team win a Championship... Get Back Healthy Bro🙏🏽— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 11, 2019
Payers up for the big bro KD. God got you!— Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) June 11, 2019
Praying for you bro 💯🙏🏽 @KDTrey5— Marvin Bagley III (@MB3FIVE) June 11, 2019
Respect @KDTrey5— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 11, 2019
Get well brother 🙏
🙏🏻— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) June 11, 2019
Why are they cheering for his injury? Come on man #Disguting— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 11, 2019
No matter what team or players you support... l hope everyone recognizes that what KD tried to do today for the Warriors was more than courageous. 💔— Chiney Ogwumike (@Chiney321) June 11, 2019
Prayers up for @KDTrey5 HATE to see that. Respect him for putting it all on the line and going for it. REAL— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) June 11, 2019
Praying for you brother! @KDTrey5— Allonzo Trier (@ISO_ZO) June 11, 2019
S/O to KD for giving it all. Champ mentality— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) June 11, 2019