Should the Warriors win Game 6, Game 1 of the West Finals will be played on Sunday, May 12, meaning that Durant will likely miss the first one or two games of the next round, as well.
"A lot of it is factored into this spot in Game 6 where obviously Houston's backs are against the wall". However, Durant's injury only amplifies this specific handicapping situation, with the Rockets facing elimination. "When I walked into the coach's office after the game, the replay of the play was going on". The superstar forward will be re-evaluated next week, meaning he will miss the conclusion of the Western Conference semis, which the Warriors lead 3-2.
Ultimately, we don't know when he'll be back.
"It's one of those things that until they actually lose, no one believes they're actually going to lose", Berg said.
Veteran Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala noted that it was injured center DeMarcus Cousins - out now with a torn quad injury, after tearing his Achilles last season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans - who helped calm down the rest of the Warriors when Durant left the floor.More news: Venezuelan Justice Arrests Opposition Legislator Edgar Zambrano
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"I think it's good news", Kerr said.
That could end up being a huge blow for a Golden State team that has yet to win a game in Houston this series.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and guard Stephen Curry noted that Durant was understandably down after the injury, but there was a palpable sense of relief within the locker room that his injury wasn't more severe.
The Warriors scored just 15 third-quarter points, but survived the initial shock of Durant's injury to outscore the Rockets 32-27 in the fourth quarter to take a 3-2 series lead. "Keep the feeling, take care of business at home, then we will come back here and try to get it".