OAKLAND, USA 2019 (AFP) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant underwent surgery Wednesday for a ruptured right Achilles tendon, confirming the injury and the operation in an Instagram posting.
Durant, averaging 34.2 points a game in the playoffs, suffered the injury in Monday’s fifth game of the NBA Finals, which the Warriors won 106-105 to pull within 3-2 of Toronto in the best-of-seven championship series.
It was Durant’s first game back after missing a month with a right calf strain, the 2017 and 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player having been absent for nine playoffs games in the span.
“What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY,” Durant posted.
“My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way.”
The news, which likely means Durant misses the entire 2019-20 season with rehabilitation, came just minutes after Golden State finished a workout on the eve of hosting game six of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors hope to win to force a seventh game Sunday in Toronto as they seek a third consecutive NBA title and fourth in five seasons.
“Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK,” Durant posted. “Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat.
“It’s just the way things go in this game and I’m proud I gave it all I physically could, and I’m proud my brothers got the W.
“I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with Dub Nation while they do it.”
Durant can opt out of his contract and become a free agent, a prospect some teams have waited for years to pursue, with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers often mentioned as prospective new teams for the 30-year-old superstar.