When Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant went down with an Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, raw emotion filled Toronto's Scotiabank Arena.
Raptors fans cheered after Durant went down before players signaled them to be quiet, and those cheers turned to chants of support as Durant was helped off the court. Durant's teammates and opponents consoled him. Durant himself was, for the most part, emotionless, but the look in his eyes said it all.
Durant, who was back on the court for the first time in over a month following the calf strain he suffered earlier in the postseason, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, but the fear is that it's serious. An Achilles tear, for instance, could sideline him for a year.
After the game, which the Warriors won to save their season, players, coaches, executives and even Durant expressed it all. Sadness. Anger. Frustration. Disappointment.
It was an emotional scene that brought the humanity of the game to the forefront.
As is so often the case in sports, much of that emotion was captured by camera crews on hand. Twelve of those photos are below.
Kevin Durant goes down grabbing the back of his leg. (Photo: Nathan Denette, AP)
Kevin Durant sits on the court after suffering an Achilles injury. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
Kevin Durant holds on to his leg as Klay Thompson looks on. (Photo: Larry W. Smith, EPA-EFE)
Kevin Durant calls for trainers. (Photo: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images)
Kevin Durant is helped up by Quinn Cook and Klay Thompson. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
Kyle Lowry quiets the crowd as Kevin Durant is helped off the court. (Photo: Vaughn Ridley, Getty Images)
Kevin Durant is helped off the court. (Photo: Claus Andersen, Getty Images)
Serge Ibaka consoles Kevin Durant as he's helped off the court. (Photo: Frank Gunn, AP)
Drake consoles Kevin Durant as he's helped off the court. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
Kevin Durant is helped off the court as Raptors fans give him a round of applause. (Photo: Claus Andersen, Getty Images)
Kevin Durant is helped off the court. (Photo: Chris Young, AP)
Kevin Durant is helped to the locker room. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
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