NBA: Durant exits due to right calf strain

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at May 09 2019 12:52 PM

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. Joe Murphy, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Warriors forward Kevin Durant limped off the court due to a right calf strain during the third quarter of Golden State's game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif.

The team announced that he would miss the remainder of the contest.

Durant sank a fadeaway jumper with 2:05 left in the third to give the Warriors a 68-65 lead in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, then began hobbling as he turned to head upcourt.

He was immediately replaced on the floor by Andre Iguodala. Less than a minute later, the Rockets took their first lead since 14-12 in the first quarter.

Between quarters, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on the TNT broadcast regarding Durant's status, "I haven't heard anything yet." The team's diagnosis came early in the fourth quarter.

Durant missed three games in January of 2018 with a right calf strain.

He entered Wednesday night averaging 36 points in the first four games of the series and 35.4 points in this year's postseason. In the regular season, he averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 78 games.

The 30-year-old veteran was the NBA Finals MVP each of the past two years as the Warriors won consecutive championships, and he was the league MVP in 2013-14. Durant is a 10-time All-Star.

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