Following a game five win (106-105) over the Toronto Raptors, splash brother NBA stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson expressed their concern after fellow Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant (“KD”) went down with a reported right leg injury during the game, both Curry and Thompson saying they will be praying for KD.
“Without him, we’re a really good team,” said Klay Thompson in a post-game interview on ESPN about KD’s impact on the Warriors, “but you throw Kevin Durant out there – like I said before, one of the greatest ever.
“So, we don’t pay that any of attention because that’s just stupid – stupid – because he’s a warrior,” Thompson continued. “You saw what he did tonight. He sacrificed his health for us. And we dearly miss him. I mean, it was very deflating seeing him go out. I’m just gonna pray for the guy, and I know he’ll be back even stronger.”
Immediately following the game, Stephen Curry also weighed in on KD’s injury.
“Obviously, prayers out to KD,” said Stephen Curry to ESPN's Doris Burke after the close victory over Toronto. “He gave us what he could, and we hope he makes a speedy recovery. But that’s kind of the ‘M.O.’ of our team. He sacrificed his body for us, and I just feel bad for him. So, we’ll uhh— I gotta a lot of emotions right now. It’s crazy.”
Curry followed KD into the locker room following KD's injury, the star Warriors guard saying later, according to ESPN, “Sometimes the spirit tells you what to do. You don't really make decisions, you just act on it. I can't tell you what went through my head. It just felt right.”
According to NBA.com, Kevin Durant scored 11 points in nearly 12 minutes played on 3 for 5 shooting, and added two rebounds and a block before exiting the game.
Stephen Curry poured in 31 points in 41 minutes of play on 10 for 23 shooting, adding eight rebounds and seven assists.
Klay Thompson contributed 26 points in 42 minutes of play on 9 for 21 shooting, adding six rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Overall, reports NBA.com, “[t]he Dubs were 20-for-42 from distance for the game, with Thompson knocking down seven of them on 13 attempts for 26 points and Curry sinking five treys for his game-high 31 points.”
In the absence of KD, “the Dubs will need them to come up big again on Thursday in what will be the final Warriors game ever played at Oracle Arena – Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.”