Durant will miss remainder of Warriors series with Rockets

Steve Kerr PJ Tucker Rockets Warriors

Kevin Durant's right calf strain has unsurprisingly caused a drastic shift in the National Basketball Association playoffs betting market and could produce a different championship favorite for the first time all season.

Kevin Durant left the contest with what turned out to be a calf injury, giving an already-depleted Warriors a major hole they needed to fill.

Kerr added that other players will have to step up in Durant's absence.

His team announced that Durant had sustained a calf strain and is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday. He went 3 of 11 from long range.

The Warriors pulled it off without Durant, whose 35.4 playoff scoring average was best in the National Basketball Association coming into the game.

In four playoff games against the Rockets, Thompson is averaging 21.5 points per game and is shooting 46 percent.

Kevin Durant, the man whose 2016 arrival transformed the Golden State Warriors from incredible to unstoppable, limped to the locker room, and suddenly a dynasty's fate was back in the hands of its founding members.

As we've detailed previously, Durant has had a version of this injury twice over the past two seasons, both times missing exactly seven days. 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.

"We know the challenge ahead is a big one", Kerr said. That's why tonight's Game 5 action may be foretelling for how the series will go. But the Warriors got the rebound and Curry also missed a 3-point attempt before Golden State was forced to foul Chris Paul. Wearing a grin usually reserved for post-championship champagne baths, the Warriors coach channelled Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's reaction to a 4-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday. After another slow start in a series full of them, Curry scored 12 of his 25 points in what he termed a fourth-quarter "breakthrough".

Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists.

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