Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Kevin Durant to miss at least remainder of series against Rockets

Kevin Durant to miss at least remainder of series against Rockets

Steve Kerr already ruled out Kevin Durant for Warriors-Rockets Game 6 on Friday, but the news got even worse for the warriors if the series against the Rockets gets pushed to a Game 7. He sat for no more than five minutes in each of the first four games.

National Basketball Association history will long remember Golden State's 104-99 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, a frenetic Game 5 that left the champs juggling elation and disappointment.

But Harden, inexplicably and improbably after a season in which he averaged 24.5 shot attempts per game... disappeared.

Without Durant, the Warriors rallied to win Game 5 in Oakland on Wednesday. They're down 3-2 in the series, but Durant is done and Game 6 is at Toyota Center on Friday, where Houston is undefeated this postseason.

Curry has had an uncharacteristically poor series by his standards and had just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting before Durant was injured, but poured in 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting after the star forward limped off. "I'm proud of our guys for pulling the game out, and we'll see how Kevin is doing (Thursday)". With Durant sidelined, the guard should keep the Rockets' title hopes alive for at least another night. Durant is the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP.

"A lot of it is factored into this spot in Game 6 where obviously Houston's backs are against the wall".

The Warriors will face the victor of Denver and Portland - they play in a Game 7 Sunday - starting Tuesday night in Oakland.

Yet each time they've seen the Warriors in the postseason, the Rockets have failed.

The Bucks used balanced scoring and a stingy defense to eliminate the fourth-seeded Celtics in five games, avenging a seven-game first round loss to Boston last season. "We'll have to claw our way to one more win", Curry said.

"When I walked into the coaches office after the game the replay of the play was going on and I thought the same thing because he kind of looked back like he had been kicked or something", Kerr said.

James Harden was the game's leading scorer with 31 points for the Rockets. "We want their best shot. We got to have his back - that is what tonight was about", said Warriors Stephen Curry.

As disappointed as the Warriors are about Durant's injury, the resilient group took pride in being able to scratch out a win in Game 5 without its offensive catalyst.

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