Golden State Warriors made a mistake by allowing Kevin Durant to play the fifth game of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. Thirty-two days before the match with Raptor, Kevin had sustained a calf injury in a game against Rockets last month.
Kevin tore his Achilles during the game against Raptors on Monday. In an Instagram post, he said that he had undergone successful surgery earlier this week.
The 10-times All-Star was named Finals MVP in both 2017, and 2018 needed not less than three months before he fully recovers. Now the injured Achilles may take more time to heal and may not play for quite some time. Charles Barkley the former MVP was among those who criticized the Warriors for rushing Durant.
A foot and ankle specialist based in California also acknowledged that he was surprised to see Durant into the court too soon after the injury. He also added that when an injury is not given enough time to heal, what happens is that the person will have inflammation from the previous injury. The injured part is overworked and may cause other components to tear. He insisted that calf muscle-tendon takes a minimum of 90 days to heal.
It is not yet known who brought Kevin back to court. However, this may cause some setback in his career. Kevin Durant is a player of higher caliber; this is a disaster given that he will not be able to play for a while. Durant is expected to decide whether to stay with the Warriors next season or become the most attractive free agent on the market.
While Durant may get back to his elite level, he might be less slow and less unable to jump the same level he did. According to studies, five per cent of players with significant injuries become less significant in the overall game.
Kevin Durant might still be an impressive player because he understands the game; his height is proper and his wingspan is ridiculous. He has a chance to be an elite player but not in the level he was.
According to a California based specialist, Kevin will take four weeks with a cast, then four weeks in boots with minor physiotherapy. After three months, he can start doing light exercises such as cycling to make the muscles stronger. He also said that if he recovers quickly, Durant may be back in February around the All-Star Game.