Raptors fans cheer injury to Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/113405048/-

2019-06-11 06:51:57

Toronto Raptors fans have been ridiculed for cheering an Achilles injury to Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.

The 30-year-old, playing his first game in more than a month, was the subject of cheering from sections of Scotiabank Arena in the second quarter of the Warriors' thrilling 106-105 win in game five of the NBA Finals, while he was being helped off the court.

However, the display prompted a quick rebuke both online and from some Raptors players, including Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, who both gestured for the crowd to cut it out.

The public service announcer also got involved, hushing the classless fans, who were encouraged by Raptors players to get behind the downed player.

They complied, giving Durant a hand and chanting "KD! KD! as he was helped into the locker room.

But their U-turn was too late for some, with Philadelphia 76ers all-star Joel Embiid blasting their act on social media, using the hashtag "disgusting".

"Why are they cheering for his injury? Come on, man."

It was similar to an incident at the Cricket World Cup recently, when Indian captain Virat Kohli, fed up with Indian fans booing Australian batsman Steve Smith, gestured for them to cut it out and instead clap him.

Smith, who has only recently returned to international cricket after serving a 12-month suspension for his part in a match-fixing scandal in South Africa, appreciated the gesture and embraced Kohli.

While some fans lapped up Durant's injury, famous rapper and infamous Raptors fan Drake was visibly shocked at the lower-leg injury.

Drake and Durant had traded barbs earlier in the series, but Drake consoled Durant as he limped past him.

Durant is unlikely to play a further part in the series and is scheduled for an MRI scan on Wednesday (NZT) to determine the severity of his Achilles injury.

In an unusual press conference, Warriors general manager Bob Myers broke down as he revealed Durant's injury, before calling it a "collaborative decision" for Durant to return for Golden State's must-win game.

"I don't believe there is anyone to blame," Myers told reporters. "If you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball group operations department."

The Raptors lead the best of seven series 3-2 and will have another chance to bag their maiden NBA title on Friday (NZT) in Oakland.

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