It was Kevin Durant's decision and his alone to come back for Game 5 of the NBA finals after injuring his calf just a few weeks earlier in the semifinal round against the Houston Rockets. Durant told Yahoo! Sports that the Warriors medical staff shouldn't be blamed in the least for him returning prematurely to try and rescue Golden State from a 3-1 series deficit to the Toronto Raptors.
“No matter what the series was, I was aiming for Game 5,” he said. “That’s why I played when it was 3-1. No matter what, I just wanted to play in the Finals. I just wanted to hoop, especially if I could be out there. I was feeling good leading up to it. I was working out every day. I was gradually getting back to myself doing the two-a-days. I was really locked in on my game and trying to get back. I really wanted to play in that series.”
Before concluding the interview, Durant couldn't help but take a parting shot at the Raptors, whose fans initially cheered his injury when he went down.
“It will probably be the last time they will be in the Finals,” Durant noted.
This will make for a very intriguing Atlantic Division rivalry when Durant return to the court.