Warriors star Kevin Durant injures right calf in Game 5 win

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Durant's injury occurred with 2:11 left in the third quarter of Game 5 on Wednesday night as he went up for a jumper over Rockets swingman Iman Shumpert.

Kevin Durant will miss out on the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals due to a calf strain.

The glee will be temporary, as the Warriors must regroup to do it again with precious little time to make strategic adjustments in the wake of Durant's injury. Spurs forward Rudy Gay, however, had a hunch right away that the injury was to the calf and not his Achilles. He didn't even score his first points of the night until a 3 4:22 before halftime. His status for Friday's Game 6 had yet to be determined, but didn't seem promising.

Golden State almost gave it away with an bad third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers.

"They don't got no chance to win it without Kevin Durant", Barkley said. However, in this particular series, James Harden is shooting 36 percent when guarded by Durant and 47 percent when guarded by Curry or Thompson.

Steve Kerr won't have Kevin Durant, who - in Kerr's widely-shared opinion - "has been the best player in the National Basketball Association in these playoffs" for the rest of this series. Thompson, who had been held in check throughout much of this second-round series, hit five three-pointers en route to a team-high 27 points.

Then, they heeded Steve Kerr's simple message: "Poise and awareness and poise and patience applies to all of life and not just offence", the coach said beforehand. The game was tied at 72 going into the final 12 minutes. Additionally, the Warriors are now +140 to win the title, compared to -110 prior to their Game 5 victory.

The Rockets trailed the Golden State Warriors by one point when Harden checked back into Wednesday's Game 5 with 7 minutes, 8 seconds remaining.

Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists.

An MRI exam Thursday confirmed the Warriors' initial diagnosis.

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