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Report: Warriors star Kevin Durant has mild calf strain, to be re-evaluated next week

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A Thursday MRI on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant revealed a mild strain in his right calf and is expected to be re-evaluated next week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Durant has suffered a similar injury two previous times in his career, both taking roughly a week to heal. His re-evaluation of next week would rule him out for the remainder of the series against the Houston Rockets, but would give the potential of returning for the Western Conference Finals, if the Warriors can get past Houston.

Durant suffered the injury late in the third quarter after dropping a pull-up baseline jumper over Iman Shumpert and landing cleanly, but quickly bothered by pain in his lower leg:

While some in the arena and at home thought the worst — a potential ruptured Achilles — the injury was later deemed to be calf-related, listing it as a strain and declaring Durant out for the remainder of Game 5.

The Warriors would go on to win 104-99 despite giving away a 20-point lead in the second quarter and winding up tied at 72 at the end of the third quarter.

Durant had been already ruled out unofficially by head coach Steve Kerr, who said the star forward would not fly to Houston with the team, instead remaining in the Bay Area to seek treatment on his injury.

The two-time Finals MVP was leading the Warriors in scoring before departing for the locker room (22 points), but was later surpassed by Stephen Curry (25 points) and Klay Thompson (team-high 27 points), who buried the game-sealing layup with 4.1 seconds left.

The Warriors will likely have to close out this series without Durant, and they’re already quite thin when it comes to their bench production. The addition of a big man like Andrew Bogut could slot Draymond Green back to the power forward position and keep Kevon Looney as a vital cog off the bench, though his minutes would surely increase into the 30s, with more demand for able bodies during this stretch.

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