If you watched Game 5 of the NBA Finals, you'll know that it was a nail bitter until the final seconds. The Golden State Warriors played with a do or die mentality as this game could've been their last if they lost. Although Kevin Durant really should not have played, he powered through. The vibe of the team felt a lot different when Kevin Durant was on the court. The team felt more cohesive and the scoreboard showed just that.
The Warriors held the lead and played great defense against the Raptors, but the score stayed close. Everything seemed to be going well for the Warriors until Kevin Durant suffered a season-ending injury. Durant's calf was already in bad condition, but after landing on his foot the wrong way, he ruptured his Achilles tendon.
The crowd cheered when Durant was on the ground which shocked me. Regardless of how much you hate the other team, you should never root for when a player is down. I remember during high school football games, regardless of which side got hurt we would all sit quietly and wait for the player to get up and clap for them when they do. Even if they were the rival school we would never cheer for a hurt player and it was absolutely appalling to hear the Raptors fans cheering. The Raptors players tried to quiet down the crowd, but some continued to cheer.
Without KD, the Warriors seemed to lag a bit, but still kept a small lead until the second quarter where Kahwi Leonard put the Raptors back in the lead. He scored consecutive threes that put them at a comfortable lead, but the final quarter had me at the edge of my seat. The lead went back and forth, but the morale KD brought to the team and a poorly timed timeout taken by the Raptors seemed to push the Warriors forward. In the end, the Warriors won 106-105.