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Today on KSR: Golden State survives, but loses Kevin Durant


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What an emotional night of basketball. Down 3-1 in the series to Toronto, Golden State desperately needed a win to stay alive and take the NBA Finals back to Oakland. They got it; however, it came at the cost of one of their biggest stars.

Kevin Durant, who hadn’t played since May 8 due to a calf injury, decided to give it a go for Game 5. He looked great early on, scoring 11 points in the first quarter, but in the second quarter, suffered an Achilles injury as he attempted to drive past Raptors big man Serge Ibaka. It’s hard to say what’s more horrifying: the replays of Durant’s muscle rippling up his leg or the crowd’s reaction. While Durant was down, the Toronto crowd cheered, an ugly, ugly moment that drew the ire of the Warriors, namely DeMarcus Cousins, who unleashed a NSFW rant after the game:

Boogie, who suffered his own torn Achilles last year, filled in ably after Durant went down, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes. Durant will have an MRI today, but the decision to play him is all anyone in the sport is talking about, with Warriors general manager Bob Myers accepting responsibility in a tearful press conference after the game:

Game 6 takes place in Oakland Thursday night. Go Warriors.

ICYMI, Kerry Blackshear will visit Kentucky sometime this week

The Kerry Blackshear recruitment has been a weird one so far, with little to no news coming out until last week, when the 6’10” grad transfer started visiting random SEC schools like Arkansas. Yesterday, Evan Daniels reported that Blackshear will visit Tennessee and Kentucky this week, with the trip to Knoxville taking place on Friday. No word on when he’ll be in Lexington, but cross your fingers that the Cats get the final visit. Florida is also in the running, as is a potential return to Virginia Tech.

The Twitter thread of iconic UK Sports pictures is still rolling

Over the weekend, we had a post on KSR about iconic UK Sports pictures, which carried over to a fun Twitter thread of people sharing their favorite images from over the years. It’s a slow Tuesday morning, so here are some of the ones that really made me smile:

Chuck Hayes, man. That one still hits me in the feels.

Congrats to Twany Beckham

The former Cat continues to impress in his life after basketball, presenting an award named in his honor to a teacher at his middle school.

Twany is also the Wellness Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Director of Campus Wellness at Kentucky State University. Like I said, impressive.

KSR Dog Pig of the Day

Each week, I like to feature pictures of very good dogs wearing Kentucky blue, but today, let’s shake it up and give props to this pig:

Next week: KSR Goat of the Day? Somebody make it happen.

TV Rec of the Week: Dead to Me

Netflix’s dark comedy starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini has been a hit at our house and was just renewed for a second season. In other TV news, go ahead and give Meryl Streep an Emmy for her new role on Big Little Lies, and man, the Russian cook on the new season of Below Deck: Med is awful. Yes, I watch too much television.

It’s Kyle Tucker and Curtis Burch Day on KSR

Kyle Tucker of The Athletic and his podcast co-host/radio producer extraordinaire Curtis Burch are taking over the KSR airwaves today with some very special guests. Tune in an hour from now to hear from Erin Calipari and Paul Washington, Sr., who will regale us with some fun Father’s Day tales.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 responses to “Today on KSR: Golden State survives, but loses Kevin Durant”

  1. Ridge Runner

    Please God, let GS lose this series in whatever means necessary.

    1. Ridge Runner

      Amen..

  2. ClutchCargo

    I’m pulling hard for the Raptors, but hearing those fans cheering the injury to Durant dampened my enthusiasm quite a bit. Less class than UNCheat right there.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Yeah, that was ugly; but, can’t blame the Raptors’ players for that; in fact, the players told the fans to knock it off.

    2. UKinMKY

      Seeing that made me go from indifferent to hoping the Raptors fall apart.

    3. ClutchCargo

      No problem with the players. I just don’t want a title for the fans like I did before. To be clear, I can’t stand the Warriors and definitely want the Raptors to win.

    4. BobbyBlue

      They say the height of frustration is seeing your mother in law go over a cliff in your new Corvette. Well to me it’s hating GS but wanting Cousins to have a ring.

  3. a21CATSfan

    Kind of embarrassing to watch Cousins (when we are supposed to adopt all these OAD NBA guys) do everything he could to lose that game for the Warriors, last night. Missed free throws, a terrible three, an offensive goaltending, a defensive goaltending, a blatant offensive foul, and then he acts like a tough guy after they barely win. CATS

    1. runningunnin.454

      C’mon, Cousins didn’t try to throw the game. And, he wasn’t acting…he is a tough guy; have to be to come back from those injuries.

    2. RealCatsFan

      That offensive goaltending was so close – you can’t blame him for aggressively going for the putback dunk on that play. Total judgement call. Yeah, he looked rusty (understandable considering his injuries), and made a couple of bone-headed plays, but Green was also responsible for a bone-headed over-and-back that could have swung the game as well.

      I was totally ready for someone OTHER than GS to win it this year, but the idea of seeing Cuz finally getting a ring tempers that a bit. Just because of that, I wouldn’t be totally torn up if they win ONE MORE title, but after that I want them to slide back to the shadows for a while.

    3. StillBP

      You know what “barely win” means? It means they won and the season isn’t over. 14 points and 6 rebounds helped his team barely win. Without him, season over. Deal with it!

  4. Headhurts

    While Cous made some mistakes like all players do, bottom line they probably don’t win without him, plus he is not close to 100%.

    1. WildcatCam

      Exactly. How about his start? He was killin it, guys!

  5. BobbyBlue

    The offensive goal tend call was a joke