Durant will miss remainder of Warriors series with Rockets

The Warriors are facing the most dangerous kind of underdog — the high-variance Rockets

Dethroning Golden State, now expected to face Houston without their injured superstar Kevin Durant after suffering a mild strain on his right calf, would be a major achievement for Capela and his team.

Durant sank a fadeaway jumper with 2:05 left in the third to give the Warriors a 68-65 lead in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, then began hobbling as he turned to head upcourt. He was leading the team with 22 points when he was hurt, and also had five rebounds and four assists.

On the bright side for Golden State: They're up 3-2 in the series after Wednesday's 104-99 victory. Even so, the Warriors made it clear they didn't expect to have Durant available for Game 6. We're not going to lose confidence over a couple bad shooting nights.

All five games have been won by the home team and the oddsmakers favor that happening again with the Rockets as seven-point favorites. He's responded well. Obviously, we're disappointed he won't be able to play in this series. "I just missed shots", he said. I apologize to my mom, who is probably watching, but our guys are f - ing giants.

"I think it's good news", Kerr said Thursday, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

There was instant speculation from the TNT broadcasting crew that Durant might have torn his Achilles' tendon, but the update from the Warriors indicated a much less severe injury.

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The fourth-seeded Rockets flipped the tables with 126-121 and 112-108 home wins, dominating the Warriors on the boards to the tune of 52.5 per game to 39.0, while also slightly outshooting Golden State 46.2 percent to 45.4.

Given that compressed time frame, it's hard to imagine Durant will return to a series that he has dominated.

Kerr said the coaching staff would use time on the flight to Texas on Thursday to reconfigure the rotation without Durant.

Though Harden, 29, is in his prime, and finished the regular season with the highest scoring average (36.6) in three decades - the highest of any player in National Basketball Association history besides Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan - he may never have a better opportunity at an National Basketball Association title.

Curry must re-emerge as the alpha scorer and lead playmaker, running more pick-and-rolls and taking on a heavier shot load. James Harden scored 31 points, while Klay Thompson finished with 27 points.

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