Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from crushing Game 5 loss vs. Warriors

Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from crushing Game 5 loss vs. Warriors

If the Rockets can continue that trend in Game 6, Durant's availability for Game 7 would become a huge storyline.

The 10-time all-star forward was forced from Golden State's 104-99 Game 5 victory over the Rockets with a little more than six minutes left in the third quarter just after he hit a pull-up jumper from the right wing over Houston's Iman Shumpert to give Golden State a 68-65 lead. "I was assured it's a calf strain, not the Achilles'".

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

"He's not going to play Game 6", Kerr told me late Wednesday. On the flip side, despite being down 3-2, Houston believes it can win Friday and return to the Bay Area to put the final nail in the Warriors' coffin.

Veteran Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala noted that it was injured center DeMarcus Cousins - out now with a torn quad injury, after tearing his Achilles last season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans - who helped calm down the rest of the Warriors when Durant left the floor.

"Tough one, but we are capable of being better". That spread would be the largest Golden State has faced with Steph Curry in the lineup and Steve Kerr as head coach - a span of 440 games dating back to 2014, including the postseason.

The Warriors scored just 15 third-quarter points, but survived the initial shock of Durant's injury to outscore the Rockets 32-27 in the fourth quarter to take a 3-2 series lead. He then walked gingerly to the Warriors bench before heading straight to the locker room. If Golden State can't close out the series, Game 7 will be Sunday (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).

"He's disappointed", Kerr said at his press conference of Durant.

After they had won, celebrated a little and then wearily walked back into the locker room, the Warriors saw Durant and heard the relatively good news - it wasn't an Achilles tear, but he was out indefinitely and nearly certainly out for the next few games.

"Hopefully", Kerr said, "we get Kevin back at some point".

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