Kevin Durant out for Game 6 vs. Rockets

May 9, 2019

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant avoided the injury everyone initially feared when he limped off Wednesday against the Houston Rockets. He suffered a calf injury, not an Achilles tear.

But according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami, Durant won’t play in Friday’s Game 6.

Coach Steve Kerr told Kawakami: “We can all pretend and just say he’s doubtful. But he’s not playing Game 6.”

What Steve Kerr told me late tonight about Durant: “Hes not going to play Game 6. We can all pretend and just say hes doubtful. But hes not playing Game 6. https://t.co/85YXvh20WN Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 9, 2019

Durant exited the game late in the third quarter and did not return. He suffered a non-contact injury, leading people to speculate that the 30-year-old tore his Achilles. If that had happened, the injury would have carried many ramifications not only for the Warriors, but for the rest of the NBA, given Durant’s likely free agency this summer.

So many NBA ramifications tonight, these playoffs, this summer and far beyond ride on whether this scary Kevin Durant injury is what many fear pic.twitter.com/ZYFDnaUkXX Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 9, 2019

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to beat the Rockets, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. It is unknown if Durant would be available for a possible Game 7 or Game 1 of the next round, should the Warriors advance.