Kevin Durant out rest of Warriors-Rockets series

Durant goes down Warriors hold off Rockets in Game 5

The parallels between this Western Conference semifinal series and the last time the Warriors and Rockets met in the playoffs came to the forefront during the third quarter of Game 5, when Golden State forward Kevin Durant suffered a right calf strain and was subsequently sidelined.

Durant landed awkwardly after a jump shot in the third quarter and clutched his lower leg. Kerr assured media after the Warriors took a 3-2 series lead it was not an Achilles injury.

Game 6 between the Warriors and Rockets is slated to tipoff at 9:00pm ET on Friday, airing on ESPN. He did not return to the game. After injuries to Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State's No.1 weakness will be on full display in a must-win game for the Rockets and the reigning league MVP.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Warriors: Averaging 118.1 points, 43.6 rebounds, 28.5 assists, 7.0 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.6 per cent from the field. He is to be re-evaluated next week, meaning if there is a Game 7 in the series Sunday he would be out of that game as well.

Kerr echoed Curry's sentiments about reworking the offense without Durant, something he said coaches would do during the team's flight to Houston on Thursday afternoon. We know we're going to have to be near flawless to go down to the Houston without Kevin and win a game.

"You lose your best player, it's deflating", said Klay Thompson, who scored 27 points and had a layup to seal it with 4.1 seconds remaining.

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"He's not going to play Game 6", Kerr told The Athletic. Guys will get opportunities who haven't had an opportunity yet.

Yahoo's Chris Haynes echoed Wojnarowski's report during an in-game FOX Sports Radio interview, with the added tidbit that "the Warriors feel good about where things are", with more tests coming Thursday.

"We're all obviously disappointed for him", Kerr said.

Even so, it's a simple question, no matter what level of talent you're starting with: Would you rather have Durant on the court or not? It was Warriors in five in the 2015 Western Conference finals, Warriors in five in the first round in 2016 and Warriors in seven last May.

The Warriors enter Game 6 with a 3-2 lead. "We can pretend and just say he's doubtful". "It kind of reminded me of four or five years ago before we had Kevin". In the entire postseason, Golden State has been outscored by 79 points without Durant on the floor.

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