Golden State pulled out a 104-99 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as the Warriors survived the loss of superstar Kevin Durant to grab a 3-2 lead in their second round National Basketball Association playoff series.
On ESPN's First Take early Thursday. the panel of Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Molly Qruim were discussing the impact of Durant's injury. Durant's status for the rest of the postseason - if Golden State beats the Rockets and heads to the conference finals - is up in the air.
Durant was scheduled for an MRI exam Thursday after he strained his right calf late in the third quarter.
A turnover would have given the Rockets a chance to tie the game, but instead they will have to return to Houston for Game 6 hoping to keep their season alive and send the series back to Oakland for Game 7 on Sunday.
The Warriors' win guarantees their loyal fans in the East Bay at least one more home game at Oracle Arena before the team moves to new Chase Center in San Francisco for next season.
Durant, who leads all postseason scorers at 34.2 points per game, finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.
Golden State won Game 6 118-113 to take the series 4-2. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP was averaging 35.4 points in the playoffs coming into the day.
The Warriors will need Thompson to build on what he did in Game 5 after he shook off a couple of tough games to make 5 of 10 3-pointers and lead the team with 27 points. Initially, players and coaches feared that Durant tore his Achilles tendon, but Kerr was told by the Warriors' medical staff that that was not the case. This is probably the hardest we've been hit with DeMarcus (Cousins) and Kevin.
"Liverpool came out with just one of the great wins in soccer history", Kerr said. Additionally, the Warriors are now +140 to win the title, compared to -110 prior to their Game 5 victory. "We can all pretend and just say he's doubtful". Curry had another rough shooting night in Game 5, going 9 for 23 and 3 of 11 on 3s to still finish with 25 points.
The Warriors lead the series 3-2, and Kerr was upbeat about his team's mindset heading into Game 6.
Milwaukee advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where they will have the home-court advantage over the victor of the other East second round series between the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers.