Durant's reaction to the injury and the way he tried to walk off is similar to how others who have suffered Achilles tears have looked in the past, but thankfully, the news isn't as bad as expected.
James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston on Friday night. But the much-hyped flick's plot apparently didn't catch Thompson's attention.
Harden and the have won two straight games but they don't think they've played their best.
"It's one of those things that until they actually lose, no one believes they're actually going to lose", Berg said. Should the Warriors advance, that same timetable would see him return right around Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors lead the series 3-2, and Kerr was upbeat about his team's mindset heading into Game 6. But a calf injury to Kevin Durant has thrown the rest of the series into a state of uncertainty. Additionally, the Warriors are now +140 to win the title, compared to -110 prior to their Game 5 victory. He said after the loss that he'd be fine for Game 5, but his status - play or not; start or not - will be a game-time decision.
Kerr said the coaching staff would use time on the flight to Texas on Thursday to reconfigure the rotation without Durant. However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Durant suffered a calf strain and not a ruptured Achilles tendon - as was the fear from many in the immediate aftermath of the injury.
Stephen Curry struggled with his shot yet again and finished with 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting.
A Finals MVP in each of the last two Golden State title runs, Durant entered Wednesday's game averaging 36 points in the first four games of the series and 35.4 points in this year's postseason. Of the three, only Iguodala is flourishing, and only to a degree; without Durant, the Warriors will lean on the veteran to play more minutes and be more active in looking for his shot.