'Dumbest rule in sports': Warriors survive as controversy erupts in NBA Finals

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter

Game five of the NBA finals was the height of drama - and two crucial calls late in the final quarter could have swayed everything.

The Golden State Warriors won a tense game five to extend their series against the Toronto Raptors to at least a sixth game, 106-105.

Despite the win, two crucial calls against big man DeMarcus Cousins threatened to take the game away from the defending champions.

First, with less than two minutes to play, Cousins skied for an offensive rebound and slam, only to have it controversially waved off as a goaltend.

Golden State's DeMarcus Cousins was called for an offensive goaltend on this play, which could have cost the Warriors the NBA Championship. Picture: ESPN
Golden State's DeMarcus Cousins was called for an offensive goaltend on this play, which could have cost the Warriors the NBA Championship. Picture: ESPN

Just one minute later, Cousins was whistled again for a turnover, this time on a moving screen as he attempted to free up superstar shooter Steph Curry.

NBA fans were on the edge of their seat for that final two minutes, as the Raptors were gifted two chances to win the game, including getting the final shot with 15 seconds left to play.

Down by one, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was forced to hoist up an ugly three-pointer, which missed everything and sent the series back to Golden State one more time.

NBA fans had mixed reviews for Cousins’ performance, with many speculating the controversial big man would be breathing a sigh of relief with the Warriors scraping a win on the road.

Kevin Durant injury shocks Warriors, NBA

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant made a shock return to the line-up on Tuesday after being sidelined with a strained right calf since last month.

However things went horribly wrong in the second quarter when Durant limped off the court after aggravating the injury.

KD appeared to step on Serge Ibaka’s foot and went down in immediate pain.

The Warriors said Durant would not return to the game and an MRI was scheduled Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Durant shouted an expletive as he left the floor, his frustration obvious.

Durant had been cleared by the Warriors' medical staff after Game 4, and participated in both a practice session Sunday and a shootaround practice earlier Monday.