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Warriors Stay Alive, Durant Re-Injured and More

Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is helped up by guard Quinn Cook (4) and guard Klay Thompson (11) after an apparent injury during the second quarter in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

An emotional Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night will long be remembered. It kept the Golden State Warriors’ quest for a three-peat alive. It also cost the Toronto Raptors a golden chance at their first NBA title. And Kevin Durant re-injured his calf/Achilles, possibly much worse, and could change the NBA for years to come. Tuesday will be about dissecting all of that. Speaking of shaping the NBA, the Pelicans appear to be close to trading superstar Anthony Davis, with the twist of a three-team trade a possibility. And the draft is only nine days away, with players and teams trying to put themselves in the best position possible.

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for three consecutive 3-pointers to erase a six-point deficit in the final three minutes with their season on the line. And then Draymond Green deflected Kyle Lowry’s game-winning attempt on the other end.

Besides the Warriors’ comeback and survival, the news of the night was Kevin Durant, who will have an MRI on Tuesday to confirm what the Warriors fear is a serious Achilles injury.

As for the Raptors, they’ve got to get ready for Game 6 on the road after being three minutes away from the title. Coach Nick Nurse called a timeout with his team riding a wave of momentum, and it all went downhill from there.

The biggest piece in the trade market is Pelicans center Anthony Davis, who wants to be traded to the Lakers or Knicks if he’s going to sign a long-term deal. New Orleans, of course, might have other ideas.

If Zion Williamson is the first pick in the NBA Draft, and Ja Morant goes second to Memphis, then it’s likely the Knicks will take RJ Barrett third. Unless they trade the pick. Or take someone else. (Hey, RJ: You don’t draft the team; they draft you).


• Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals | Associated Press

• Bob Myers appears to hold back tears while updating press on Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury | SF Gate
• Nurse: Late timeout was to give Raptors a rest |

• Sources: Pelicans open to multiteam Davis deal |

• Duke’s RJ Barrett says Knicks are only team he’ll work out for ahead of 2019 NBA Draft: ‘This is the place I want to be’ | CBS Sports

Written by GMS staff report

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