These NBA Finals have been absolutely amazing.
One team is trying three-peat while the other team is trying to win its first championship in franchise history.
It’s Steph and Co. vs Klaw and Co.
The North vs The Bay.
U.S.A vs Canada.
No matter how you slice it, the series has been well worth the price of admission and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it got better.
Like one of those famous Marvel Cinematic Universe end scenes that get you hyped for the next movie and hint at a new character, Twitter started to tease us with the prospect that Kevin Durant could return to play in Game 5. Then the tease turned to reality. KD was a full go. He was about to play superhero. He was going to will the Warriors up from the ashes and the brink of elimination to another championship.
The story had the making of a Hollywood script. Durant came out on fire. He showed no signs of rust as he torched the Raptors early. Then in a snap, it all came crashing down. One wrong move and Durant fell to the floor.
It is feared the Durant has torn his Achilles. If that’s the case, what a heartbreaking end of the season for one of the greatest players in the game.
Injuries are the worst part of sports.
You know what sucks? Jusuf Nurkic breaking his leg.
You know that sucks? Victor Oladipo rupturing his quad tendon
You what sucks? Kevin Durant tearing his Achilles.
Now I’m not here to place blame like so much of social media was quick to do on Monday night. Was it Golden State’s fault? Was it Kevin Durant’s fault? Was it your next door neighbors fault? Come on.
No matter who we choose to blame for this accident, the end result is the same – We don’t get to watch one of the most amazing basketball players in the world next season, and even worse, he doesn’t get to lace up his shoes and play the games he loves.
That was my first reaction when I saw the injury Monday night. A man who put it all on the line, who wanted nothing more than to play the game of basketball, had it cruelly ripped away from him on the world’s biggest stage. I cared not for the series. I cared not for how this could impact free agency. I cared only for the person on the court wearing the blue No.35 jersey.
Too often we forget that these players are not robots. they are people. Kevin Durant the person will be around long after Kevin Durant the player is gone, so we should really take time to enjoy Durant the player while we can.
We should all be rooting for Durant, because as much we want to make him a basketball villain and pretend like we hate him, deep down we all know we need him.
It’s like the scene in The Dark Knight where Batman says The Joker wants to kill him. Joker’s response, “I don’t want to kill you! What would I do without you… No, no, you… you complete me.”
Durant completes us.
Why? Because as fans we all love the game of basketball, and the game of basketball is better when the best in the world are suited up. Seeing Durant, arguably the best player the game has to offer, on the court makes the game that much better.
I hope Durant comes back stronger than ever. The game next season won’t be the same without him.