Warriors’ title defence gets tricky after Durant injury

Steve Kerr PJ Tucker Rockets Warriors

Steve Kerr PJ Tucker Rockets Warriors

Kevin Durant's leg injury could have a major impact not only on how the 2019 playoffs conclude but how the league takes shape this summer in a year where several superstars will become free agents.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant limped off the court due to a right calf strain during the third quarter of Golden State's game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif.

The Warriors hold the lead heading into a potential Game 6 clincher. "We have championship rings", Kerr said.

When it comes to pulling a rabbit out of the hat, nothing will top the Warriors' Thompson-led comeback in Game 6 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals.

"People say, 'They won one, ' Well they did, and they was terrific".

According to the Warriors PR team, Durant suffered a right calf strain. Additionally, the Warriors are now +140 to win the title, compared to -110 prior to their Game 5 victory.

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The fourth-seeded Rockets flipped the tables with 126-121 and 112-108 home wins, dominating the Warriors on the boards to the tune of 52.5 per game to 39.0, while also slightly outshooting Golden State 46.2 percent to 45.4.

If Durant can not play on Friday, when the series resumes with Game Six in Houston, the Warriors may need a vintage performance from three-time champion Curry.

Kevin Durant's MRI on Thursday provided both good and bad news.

"He's had (this injury) before and he's responded well", Kerr said. Durant has served as a security blanket throughout these playoffs, while Curry and Thompson have struggled with their shot in this series, especially from 3-point range.

"I mean, I don't know", said Harden, who was 10-of-16 from the floor for the night, the fewest field goal attempts for him this postseason. Iguodala will see more time guarding Harden, who scored a game-high 31 points before going quiet down the stretch, and will be called upon as a secondary distributor more often. But that was like five years ago.

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