Fans' Reaction to Injured Star Doesn't Sit Well

Golden State's Kevin Durant goes down, and Toronto crowd cheers
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2019 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Some sports injuries are bigger than others, and this one appears to fall onto the monumental side of the scale. One of the NBA's best players, Golden State's Kevin Durant, returned from a leg injury to play Game 5 of the finals against the Toronto Raptors Monday night—only to suffer what appears to be an even more devastating Achilles injury. Golden State managed to win anyway and now trails the series 3-2. But as the AP notes, the injury led to an "almost unimaginable" scenario: a game in the finals where neither team felt like celebrating afterward. The Durant situation has far-reaching implications, and not just for the remainder of the finals. The details:

  • The fans: Durant went down in the first half, which you can see via this ESPN video, starting around the 1:20 mark. Toronto fans cheered the injury, at least initially, prompting Raptors players to signal for them to stop, reports NBC News. "That's what I kinda hate about sports nowadays," says the Warriors' Jordan Bell. "It's not more so about cheering for your team, it's about being ignorant. ... When someone goes down like that, I think that all has to go away. We're all human beings."
  • Drake: The singer is a huge Raptors fan, and he tried to console the injured Durant as he came off the court. TMZ has video.

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