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Kevin Durant left game 5 of the NBA Finals with an apparent right leg injury. Bob Myers, of the Golden State Warriors organization, confirmed it was an achilles injury during an emotional postgame conference. They do not know the extent of the injury until the MRI.
Luckily it is 2019, and highly qualified people have access to high-definition screens to make educated assessments on what happened to Kevin Durant.
Former San Diego Chargers team doctor David J. Chao is known for diagnosing sports injuries on Twitter. He is right almost every time. He made an educated guess on Kevin Durant.
Dr. Chao reviewed a video where you can see Durant’s right calf pop. This lead people to think it was a calf injury.
Dr. Chao said:
When you see this, it typically means a complete Achilles tendon rupture.https://twitter.com/ProFootballDoc
After this, there was footage of Durant leaving the arena on crutches. This was also consistent with an Achilles rupture according to Dr. Chao. Several other Doctors commented saying this injury looks serious and he could be out all of next season.
He said this in regards to Durant being in a boot and on crutches.
Boot and crutches consistent with Achilles tear. Easy clinical diagnosis even though formal word won’t come until after MRI.https://twitter.com/ProFootballDoc
What’s next for Kevin Durant?
Lastly, we won’t know for sure until we get word from Durant’s representatives or the team. With that being said, Durant likely has a long road of recovery ahead of him heading into a big offseason as a free agent.