All was lost for Knicks fans...at least for a moment.
In Game 5 of the Warriors-Rockets series, Knicks potential free agent target Kevin Durant hit a mid-range jumper, but pulled up awkwardly on his right foot. He immediately began to limp, and fans couldn't watch as the All-Star began to grab at his ankle.
From what it looked like initially, Durant may have gone down with an Achilles injury, as TNT color commentator Reggie Miller said it looked exactly like what Kobe Bryant did when he suffered that painful injury.
Kevin Durant goes to the locker room after suffering an apparent non-contact injury on lower leg pic.twitter.com/JCLv3szwz8- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 9, 2019
However, the broadcast then announced that it was being called a right calf strain by the Warriors following tests in the locker room. In turn, Durant wasn't returning to the floor. He suffered the same injury last season, but only missed a week (three games).
Though the diagnosis was a reliever, it still is worrisome to see Durant in that much pain. The Warriors will likely run more tests, so nothing can be ruled out at the moment.
It would be the worst case scenario for Knicks fans if it is more severe considering Durant will be their top free agent target if he decides to opt out of his deal with the Warriors at the end of the season. A devastating injury like an Achilles tear would shatter the dream of seeing him in blue and orange next season.
But, for now, Durant's health is all that matters at the moment. Prayers up to KD.