'Sickening': Outrage over 'disgraceful' moment after Kevin Durant injury

Toronto fans have caused outrage in Game 5 of the NBA Finals after cheering Kevin Durant’s devastating injury setback.

The Golden State Warriors star 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.

Kevin Durant is assisted off the court. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant is assisted off the court. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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

Raptors fans reacted by cheering and waving goodbye as he sat on the floor holding his calf.

Fans cheered and waved. Image: NBA
Fans cheered and waved. Image: NBA

Warriors teammate Klay Thompson could be seen angrily gesturing at the crowd to stop, as did some Raptors players.

The vitriol was flying thick and fast on social media over the ‘disgraceful’ and ‘sickening’ scenes.

Durant and the Warriors, facing elimination if they lose to the Raptors in Game 5 in Toronto, started strongly.

Durant hit his first three three-pointers and had 11 points in 11 minutes before disaster struck.

Horror return

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.

Kevin Durant reacts after sustaining an injury. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant reacts after sustaining an injury. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Warriors had said throughout his month-long absence that they did not want him back on the floor until he was right, for fear of this exact scenario — Durant aggravating the injury and having no chance of returning this season.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game that Durant had "responded well" to the practices.

"He's going to play," Kerr said.

Warriors send it to Game 6

The Warriors survived without their star to force a Game 6, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson carrying the load to secure a 106-105 victory.

The Raptors rallied in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors hit back every Toronto blow and got big shots down the stretch to keep their championship hopes alive.

with agencies