There was no immediate word on the severity of the strain. Durant will have an MRI exam Thursday, and his travel status for Game 6 in Houston is to be determined. Klay Thompson scored 27 points to help lead Golden State to the victory and James Harden scored 31 points in defeat for Houston. "And we'll see how Kevin's doing tomorrow".
"We're still really positive", Looney said.
"I mean, I don't know".
The majority of Durant's responsibilities, though, will be divvied up by the Warriors' core four: Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala.
The Rockets in Game 6 built a quick 17-point lead but crumbled after halftime, being outscored 64-25 in the second half to lose by 29.
"I thought I was aggressive the whole game". That was my first question and I was assured it's the calf. That the Rockets failed to do the same in Game 5, despite the advantage that came with Durant hobbled, left plenty questioning if they eased off the gas after he departed.
The Warriors, fearing their all-star forward had torn his Achilles staggered badly before righting themselves with a fourth-quarter flourish that recalled the pre-Durant days in the Bay. The good news is that the injury is not almost as serious as was initially thought. It is initial shock. But we were able to lock back in and just find a way to win the game.
With just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Kevin Durant knocked down a jumper and immediately grabbed his right leg.
Kerr and guard Stephen Curry noted that Durant was understandably downcast after the injury, but there was a palpable sense of relief within the locker room that his injury wasn't more severe.
The Warriors enter Game 6 with a 3-2 lead. "I have confidence in this group".
Durant is arguably the best player left standing in the postseason and we're talking about him being sidelined from a closeout game on the road in Houston, and from a potential Game 7 back at Oracle Arena.
"Defensively is how you win the series", he said. Nothing about that sounds comforting for a Warriors team that has more closely resembled a teetering champion trying to avoid a knockout punch than the juggernaut we've come to expect. "We're ready and we're confident that we have enough to win".