The team confirmed that news on Thursday, saying in a statement that Durant "underwent an MRI exam" in the Bay Area that "confirmed the initial diagnosis" of a strained right calf. Durant did not appear to make contact with Shumpert, but after landing, he took a few steps up the court, then clutched his right leg.
The Warriors used a 17-0 burst late in the first half to go up 57-37, only to see the entire advantage disappear before the end of the third period, when Harden's floater gave Houston a 71-70 lead.
With Durant out for Game 6 on Friday against the Rockets, the two-time defending champions are now consensus 7.5-point underdogs in Houston. On Wednesday night, the Warriors got a dose of what losing a star player means before they managed to hold off the Rockets and secure a 104-99 win.
Now, it's on to Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. inside Toyota Center.
"Tough one, but we are capable of being better. It's hard to battle all the way back which we did and then go into the fourth quarter and we're tied...we just couldn't get it done".
"It's not the Achilles", Kerr said. He's responded well. Obviously, we're disappointed he won't be able to play in this series. He could return for the Western Conference Finals should Golden State advance.
With Durant out for an indefinite amount of time, Curry acknowledged that the Warriors would have to go back to how they played four years ago, before Golden State acquired its star forward. Additionally, the Warriors are now +140 to win the title, compared to -110 prior to their Game 5 victory.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and guard Stephen Curry noted that Durant was understandably down after the injury, but there was a palpable sense of relief within the locker room that his injury wasn't more severe. "Not just a game is a game", Sherman said.