Golden State Warriors actor Kevin Durant has mild right calf strain, will not travel with the team to Houston and will be rebadessed next week, the team announced Thursday.
The Warriors lead the Houston Rockets 3-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Friday (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET). If Golden State can not close the series, Game 7 will be Sunday (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).
The injury occurred with 2:11 left in the third quarter of Game 5 on Wednesday night when Durant climbed a bridge over the Rockets swing, Iman Shumpert. Durant did not seem to get in touch with Shumpert, but after landing, he took a few steps down the track and then grabbed his right leg. He limped to the bench of the Rockets, and after a few moments, went straight to the Warriors' locker room, accompanied by coaches and general manager Bob Myers.
Durant had an MRI on Thursday.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and guard Stephen Curry noted that Durant was understandably down after the injury, but that there was a palpable sense of relief within the locker room that his injury was not more serious. Initially, players and coaches feared that Durant would break his Achilles tendon, but the Warriors' medical staff told Kerr that was not the case.
With Durant out for an indefinite period of time, Curry acknowledged on Wednesday that the Warriors would have to go back to the way they played four years ago, before Golden State acquired its star.
"Whoever has the ball, it does not matter if it's a pick-and-roll, we swing, we make the defense work, we make decisions on that end of the floor," Curry said. "We still have a lot of weapons and we can create a good offense through that kind of attack.
"At the end of the day, everything we do starts with our defense, which gave us the chance to win in the final with how hard we play on that end of the floor, only subtle changes that happen when you do not have those playcalls that put K in the right place to take advantage of his talent, we will take advantage of it for the time he is away. "
ESPN's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.