The Golden State Warriors were able to extend the NBA Finals to a sixth game after narrowly defeating the Raptors 106-105 on Monday night. Toronto now leads the series 3-2 as it heads back to the Bay Area for game 6.
Unfortunately, the biggest news from the night wasn’t the fantastic play of both teams in an elimination game. Instead it was the untimely injury of Golden State superstar Kevin Durant, who returned to action after missing the previous 9 games. Durant has an MRI scheduled for today. The Warriors organization fears that he has likely suffered a torn Achilles.
To make the injury an even tougher pill to swallow, Durant was absolutely shredding the Raptors before he exited in the second quarter with the lower leg injury. He was a perfect 3/3 from deep and had 11 points on 3/5 shooting.
Whether you’re a Warriors fan or not, nobody wants to see a player have to miss the NBA Finals on account of an injury, especially a superstar talent like Kevin Durant. Hopefully he gets well soon, but it’s fairly obvious that the Warriors will have to move forward without his services for the remainder of the NBA Finals.
In the meantime, DeMarcus Cousins has found himself playing meaningful minutes on the biggest stage in all of basketball. Last nigh,t he was particularly involved in the final few minutes where he was called for goaltending twice and a moving screen.
In fairness, the offensive goaltending call against Cousins could have went either way. He obliterated Toronto’s Kyle Lowry on a tip dunk, but it was ruled to be in the cylinder.
If Golden State is to have a chance in coming back from a 3-1 deficit, it will likely require a monster effort from Cousins on Thursday night.
Every Kentucky fans knows that Cousins is not one to hold his tongue or throttle his personality whatsoever. So after Game 5 when he was asked what he thought about people who still doubt Kevin Durant’s heart, Cousins responded with some choice words.
“F*** em......... F*** em.” Cousins told reporters.
In addition, Raptors fans were cheering as Durant walked off the court with his injury, something that also drew Cousins’ ire.
“Trash. So trash,” Cousins told reporters. “Like I said, we’re idolized as superstar athletes, not human beings. It’s always about what we can do between those lines. That’s it. That’s all that ever matters.
“Once we lash out and do human-type things, then we’re considered bad guys.”
The fact that the Toronto crowd was cheering when it was realized that Durant had went down with an injury probably played a role in Cousins choosing such strong words. It came as no surprise that Cousins got the back of his teammate when given the opportunity.
Here is a clip of the interaction:
DeMarcus Cousins forever. pic.twitter.com/tQdWGvfIoG— PLAYOFF Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) June 11, 2019
I for one was not expecting much from this year’s NBA Finals. Boy, was I ever wrong. Game 6 will be on ABC at 9:00 pm EST on Thursday night.