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Kevin Durant posts on Instagram, was inspired by Warriors’ win

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Kevin Durant posted a note on his Instagram story after leaving Game 5 of the NBA Finals with an injury Monday night.

Durant exited the game after suffering a non-contact injury in the second quarter to his Achilles’ tendon. He limped off the court and was later seen leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.

Durant’s Golden State Warriors rallied to win 106-105 over the Toronto Raptors, which inspired the injured star.

“Dub nation gonna be loud as f— for game 6,” he wrote on Instagram (curse word censored). “I’m hurting deep in the soul right now I can’t lie but seeing my brothers get this win was like taking a shot of tequila, i got new life lol. #dubs”

The Warriors are down 3-2 in the series but have extended things to a Game 6 in Oakland on Thursday night. Durant will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, which will keep him out of the rest of the series.

Kevin Durant leaves arena on crutches, in walking boot

Kevin Durant was seen leaving Scotiabank Arena with the assistance of medical equipment after suffering a lower leg injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Durant was playing in his first game since Game 5 of the Golden State Warriors’ Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets on May 8. In the second quarter on Monday, Durant suffered what appeared to be an Achilles injury that forced him to leave the game.

During the fourth quarter of the game, Durant was seen leaving the arena on crutches and with a walking boot on his right foot.

Durant will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury. He had 11 points in 12 minutes in his first game back from the calf strain he suffered in May.

Kevin Durant to undergo MRI for Achilles injury

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Kevin Durant will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of his Achilles injury.

Durant re-injured his lower right leg in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday. He was trying to make a move on Serge Ibaka went he stepped on his right foot and went down.

Durant limped off the court and was helped into the locker room for medical attention.

The Golden State Warriors announced during the third quarter that Durant was out for the rest of the game with a lower leg injury and would undergo an MRI.

Former Chargers team doctor and current sports injury analyst David Chao says Durant was clearly grabbing at his Achilles and the question is whether it is ruptured or strained.

Durant was playing his first game since injuring his right calf during Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on May 8. He had a setback when trying to practice ahead of Game 4 on Friday but was cleared to play in Game 5 three days later.

He ended up leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches.

Draymond Green called for technical foul during Game 5, near suspension

Draymond Green had an emotional outburst during Game 5 of the NBA Finals that led to him being called for a technical foul.

Green generally wears his emotions on his sleeve. However, he had been better in recent games keeping them in check as to not draw a whistle from the referees. That wasn’t the case on Monday with his Golden State Warriors facing elimination against the Toronto Raptors.

Earlier in the game, Green was called for a foul he did not agree with. After picking up a foul when Kyle Lowry went up for a shot in the second quarter, Green voiced his displeasure and reacted poorly, leading to a tech being called.

The tech was Green’s sixth of this year’s NBA playoffs. One more technical foul in the playoffs would trigger an automatic one-game suspension.

Raptors players tell fans not to cheer Kevin Durant injury

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Toronto Raptors players had to step in and tell some ill-mannered fans not to cheer Kevin Durant’s injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night.

Durant went down with a non-contact injury to his lower right leg early in the second quarter of Game 5. As he got up and began to limp off the court, some fans were heard cheering. Durant’s Golden State Warriors teammates did not like the cheering and were raising their arms to ask what the fans were doing. That’s when some Raptors players like Kyle Lowry told the fans to stop and show some respect.

Durant was trying to play despite not being at full strength. And while he’s a great player and his presence on the floor increases the Warriors chances of winning, no fans should ever cheer an opponent getting hurt, especially one who was trying so hard for his teammates and the sport.

Some athletes got on the fans for cheering:

Raptors fans have been commended for their passion, but this was not their best moment.

Kevin Durant limps off court with leg injury during Game 5

Kevin Durant injury

Kevin Durant limped off the court early in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night after suffering an injury to his lower right leg.

Durant was trying to put the moves on Serge Ibaka and stepped on his right foot wrong, rolling it somewhat. He went down immediately and limped off the court. He was helped into the locker room by his teammates.

Durant was playing in his first game since Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on May 8, which is when he went down with an ugly leg injury that turned out to be a calf strain. The timetable for his return was always uncertain, but the Warriors believed he would return during the Finals.

Durant was aiming to play in Game 4 on Friday night but was unable to after his practice session did not go well. But he was cleared to play in Game 5 on Monday with his Golden State Warriors down 3-1 and facing elimination against the Toronto Raptors. He had no minutes limit for the game and scored 11 points in 12 minutes, making all three 3-pointers he had attempted.

Watch: Wayne Gretzky gets ovation at Game 5 in Toronto

Ontario native Wayne Gretzky got the loudest ovation of all during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday night.

Gretzky was among the celebrities in attendance for the Finals game between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors as Toronto had a chance to close out the series and win their first ever title.

Late in the first quarter of the game, The Great One was shown on the jumbotron at Scotiabank Arena and received a loud ovation according to reports in attendance.

Gretzky is from Brantford, Ontario, which is a little over an hour south of Toronto. He never played for the Maple Leafs, but he was there for Canada’s biggest NBA game ever.

Here’s a list of some of the other famous people in attendance.

Gretzky is a Hall of Famer, 15-time All-Star, four-time Stanley Cup champion, career goals, assists and points leader, and regarded as the greatest hockey player ever.

Draymond Green takes shot at media with hoodie

The Golden State Warriors’ dynasty is teetering on the brink, and Draymond Green is unsurprisingly feeling defiant in the midst of it.

Down 3-1 to the Toronto Raptors in the Finals, Green arrived to Monday’s potential elimination Game 5 in a black hoodie with the word “SOURCES” emblazoned across the chest, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

Though he is flirting with a triple-double average through four Finals games, Green has been a target in the media for his poor play otherwise, including 5.0 turnovers per game and his 2-for-11 total on three-pointers for the series. He has picked up 17 personal fouls and a technical as well.

Green has also butted heads more directly with some members of the press this postseason, but you can be the judge of what exactly he may have been getting at with Monday’s wardrobe choice.

Vince Carter in Toronto for possible title-clinching Game 5

The Toronto Raptors have a chance to clinch their first-ever NBA title on Monday night, and one familiar face will be there to see it if it happens.

Cameras caught ex-Raptors star Vince Carter arriving in Toronto for Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors with the team holding a 3-1 series lead.

Carter, now 42 and still playing, was the first great player in Raptors franchise history and had a transformative impact in his six years there from 1998 to 2004, not only on the team but also on Canadian basketball as a whole. Many Raptors fans still harbor resentment for him however because of the way that he quit on their team and forced his way out via trade.

The eight-time All-Star seems to have mended some fences with Toronto, but it remains to be seen how the Raptors faithful will feel about him partaking in the celebration should they indeed capture the NBA championship.

Raptors have unique plan for Canadian anthem before Game 5

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As is always the case, the 2019 NBA Finals has been loaded with big names performing the national anthem. With a team from Canada involved, fans have been treated to twice as many performances from groups like The Tenors and Metallica. But on Monday night, the fans get to treat themselves.

According to Blake Murphy of The Athletic, the Raptors have decided to let the fans at Scotiabank Arena handle the singing of “O Canada” prior to Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors. The U.S. anthem will be performed by Monica.

The Raptors have a chance to win their first title in franchise history if they defeat the Warriors on Monday, and their fans have given them a huge advantage throughout the postseason. Since Game 5 has the potential to be the final game of the season, it’s a great time to let the fans sing the anthem.

If you saw the incredible line of people waiting to get into Jurassic Park before Game 5, you know how juiced Raptors fans are. That should be one heck of a collective anthem performance.