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:
DeMarcus Cousins kills it here. Even though it should be said there was also a round of applause when Kevin Durant was leaving the court. Salute to those classy fans. You should never cheer any bad luck no matter how much you despise a person. #NBAFinalspic.twitter.com/xey3GblYIf
— Dmitry Planidin (@DmitryPlanidin) June 11, 2019
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:
Bob Myers is visibly upset as he announces Kevin Durant has an Achilles injury pic.twitter.com/DUM8V8awts
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 11, 2019
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:
— Luke Bennett (@bigblue_luke) June 9, 2019
— SamBo (@SamBoShows) June 9, 2019
Chuck Hayes senior night. Very emotional. pic.twitter.com/TFeDYsQZtP
— Visionaire (@VisionaireEC) June 10, 2019
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.
Today I had the honor of presenting the first annual “Twany Beckham Excellence in Student Advocacy," award to a very deserving Teacher at Highland Middle School where I attended. Today was one of the best days of my life. #ChangeTheCulture ?? pic.twitter.com/cOfyAW7sJk
— Twany (@TwanyBeckham11) June 10, 2019
Twany is also the Wellness Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Director of Campus Wellness at Kentucky State University. Like I said, impressive.
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.