Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles tendon
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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors knew of the surgery before Durant's announcement but allowed him to share the news himself, sources told The Athletic's Sam Amick.

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What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I'm proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I'm proud my brothers got the W. It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it.

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The All-Star forward underwent an MRI in New York on Tuesday, which confirmed the injury, the team said in a release.

President of basketball operations Bob Myers said his club was cautious with Durant's rehab and consulted multiple experts before the forward was given the green light to suit up Monday. He also restated that Durant's initial injury was to his calf and not his Achilles.

Head coach Steve Kerr echoed Myers' comments during Wednesday's media availability.

"Kevin checked all the boxes and was cleared to play by everybody involved ... our feeling was that the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injury of the calf ... the Achilles came as a complete shock," Kerr told reporters, including The Athletic's Blake Murphy.

"If we knew this was in the realm of possibility, there's no way we would have allowed Kevin to come back."

Durant has a $31.5-million player option for 2019-20 season, which he could opt out of to enter unrestricted free agency this summer. Multiple teams - including the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks - will reportedly continue their pursuit of Durant despite the injury.

The two-time Finals MVP came out firing in his first appearance since Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. Durant had 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting - including a perfect 3-for-3 from distance - in 12 minutes of action.

He averaged 32.3 points per game on 51.4 percent shooting across 12 postseason appearances.

The series shifts back to Oracle Arena on Thursday for Game 6.

Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles tendon
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