Kevin Durant goes down in 3rd quarter with right calf strain

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson right looks to pass as Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul defends during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday

That means Kerr will press his role players for more; can they deliver, especially in such a heightened situation?

"I think it's good news", Kerr said. "They just didn't fall for us".

The Warriors hold the lead heading into a potential Game 6 clincher.

Once again, it was all there for James Harden and the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of their series against the Golden State Warriors.

If Durant can not play on Friday, when the series resumes with Game Six in Houston, the Warriors may need a vintage performance from three-time champion Curry.

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While there were initial concerns about a potential Achilles tendon injury, the Warriors announced Durant had suffered a right calf strain and would not return to the contest. He landed awkwardly, without any contact, and then reached for his lower leg. "We've got a lot of competitors on this team that play with great heart".

"It really wouldn't surprise me if [the Warriors] have some gamesmanship and maybe consider just trying to stay in it and not really put in that full effort and just worry about getting back home and winning Game 7", Alan Berg, senior oddsmaker at Caesars Entertainment, told ESPN.

"Hopefully we get Kevin back at some point", Kerr added. "But we'll see how it all pans out".

"We got a couple of wide-open looks", Durant said. Even if the Warriors advance, that's a big hole in their offense for a relatively lengthy period this time of year. He was leading the team with 22 points when he was hurt, and also had five rebounds and four assists. In an eerie scene that brought the Oracle Arena to silence, Durant was forced from action with a strained right calf midway through the third quarter. In the entire postseason, Golden State has been outscored by 79 points without Durant on the floor. So we come out and we give it our best shot, and we try to mix and match the lineups and find some minutes and some contributions where we haven't had them so far in this series.

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