MANILA, Philippines – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant willed his way back to play in a do-or-die Game 5 in the NBA Finals and quickly paid the price for it.
On a routine crossover drive in the 2nd quarter against the Toronto Raptors, the reigning two-time Finals MVP crumpled to the floor clutching his right leg.
As it turns out, it was a right Achilles injury, a re-aggravation of his weeks-long battle with a calf strain. (READ: Warriors confirm Durant Achilles injury after Game 5 win)
Upon realizing that Durant was injured again, fans in a packed Scotiabank Arena burst to raucous cheering, which prompted Raptors players to shush them down and several Warriors players to visibly express their disgust.
Garbage @Raptors fans cheering for an injury. Loved their atmosphere until that moment right there. pic.twitter.com/A5Z9YLXNQv — C.M.W (@Chris__Wine) June 11, 2019
Other NBA players took notice as well and they took to Twitter to give the Raptors fans a piece of their mind.
Why are they cheering for his injury? Come on man #Disguting — Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 11, 2019
Nooooo...HATE TO SEE THAT SH*T!!! — Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 11, 2019
Don’t cheer for a player getting injured come on y’all — Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) June 11, 2019
Raptors fans can’t cheer for a player getting hurt. That’s lame. — Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) June 11, 2019
Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins took it a notch higher and let loose the expletives in a post-game scrum.
. @boogiecousins was not happy with the Raptors fans cheering while Kevin Durant went down with an injury. pic.twitter.com/4icqlIIA37 — TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 11, 2019
Those fans, however, were controlled shortly after and instead chanted for Durant on his way out.
Ibaka and other players from Raptors holding their arms out to try to get crowd to calm down. PA announcer literally comes on mic to say "Shhhhhhh." Eventually fans start clapping for him as he exits, and start to chant "KD" — Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) June 11, 2019
Meanwhile, thoughts and prayers just kept pouring in for the former league MVP from his fellow stars.
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
Payers up for the big bro KD. God got you! — Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) 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
Damn my boy....prayers up @KDTrey5 — Josh Hart (@joshhart) June 11, 2019
Durant finished with 11 points in 12 minutes and is now set for a new MRI scan tomorrow. Meanwhile, the title defense goes on for the Warriors, who now head back to the Oracle Arena for a final home game on Thursday, June 13 (Friday, June 14, Philippine time). – Rappler.com