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Six notable NBA players who tore Achilles tendons

Kevin Durant leaves arena on crutches after Game 5 injury

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant left the Scotiabank Arena on crutches after he sustained a possible right Achilles injury during the Warriors’ 106-105 defeat of the Toronto Raptors. Durant collapsed and had to be helped off the floor.
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant left the Scotiabank Arena on crutches after he sustained a possible right Achilles injury during the Warriors’ 106-105 defeat of the Toronto Raptors. Durant collapsed and had to be helped off the floor.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles tendon injury in Monday’s 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA finals.

Durant will undergo an MRI Tuesday to determine the injury’s severity. If the tendon is torn, as feared, he would join these six notable players who suffered the same injury.

DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans

Age when hurt: 27

Injured: Jan. 26, 2018

Returned: Jan. 18, 2019 with Warriors

Pre-injury stats: 21.5 ppg, 11 rpg, 535 games

Post-injury stats: 16.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 30 games

Elgin Baylor, Lakers

Age when hurt: 36

Injured: Nov. 27, 1970

Returned: Oct. 15, 1971

Pre-injury stats: 27.5 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 837 games

Post-injury stats: 11.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 9 games

Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Age when hurt: 34

Injured: April 12, 2013

Returned: Dec. 12, 2014*

Pre-injury stats: 25.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1,239 games

Post-injury stats: 18.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 107 games

*Played just six games before suffering season-ending knee injury

Patrick Ewing, Knicks

Age when hurt: 36

Injured: June 1, 1999

Returned: Dec. 10, 1999

Pre-injury stats: 23.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 977 games

Post-injury stats: 9.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 206 games

Wesley Matthews, Trail Blazers

Age when hurt: 29

Injured: March 5, 2015

Returned: Oct. 28, 2015, with Mavericks

Pre-injury stats: 14.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 441 games

Post-injury stats: 12 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 365 games

Dominique Wilkins, Hawks

Age when hurt: 32

Injured: Jan. 28, 1992

Returned: Nov. 6, 1992

Pre-injury stats: 26.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 762 games

Post-injury stats: 25.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 312 games

The Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins on Rudy Gay who suffered a season-ending injury, as the Kings squandered a 22-point lead to lose to the Indiana Pacers 106-100 at Golden 1 Center – their biggest blown lead of the season providing a sour end t

Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as general breaking news and investigative projects. A Sacramento native, he previously covered business for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.

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