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BC-BKN--Warriors-Durant Hurt,3rd Ld-Writethru

May 9, 2019
AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant will miss the remainder of the Golden State Warriors’ Western Conference semifinal against the Houston Rockets with a strained right calf.

An MRI exam Thursday confirmed the Warriors’ initial diagnosis. The team is traveling back to Houston for Friday’s Game 6 but Durant stayed behind in the Bay Area to undergo treatment. He is to be re-evaluated next week, meaning if there is a Game 7 in the series Sunday he would be out of that one as well. The Warriors lead the series 3-2.

Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly on his right foot following a baseline jumper with 2:11 left in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 104-99 victory at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors initially feared the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP might have injured his Achilles, a far more serious issue.

He finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Durant was averaging 35.4 points in the playoffs coming into the day.

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