DeMarcus Cousins knows all too well how devastating an Achilles injury can be.
So after the Golden State Warriors' Game 5 NBA Finals win that was completely overshadowed by Kevin Durant going down in the second quarter, the Warriors big man had a message for the people who questioned his teammate's heart.
"(Expletive) them," Cousins told reporters after the game. "(Expletive) them."
Durant played Monday night for the first time since suffering a right calf strain on May 8, but he left in the second quarter with a right Achilles injury that appears to be far more serious, which begs the question: Did he come back too soon?
In January 2018 while with the New Orleans Pelicans, Cousins suffered an Achilles tear, and it kept him off the court for 357 days. Durant is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, but the fear is that he's in the same boat Cousins was in.
DeMarcus Cousins of the Golden State Warriors during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images)
Durant's injury brings the humanity of the game to the forefront. General manager Bob Myers fought back tears during his postgame news conference, and Cousins praised the Warriors organization for how much they care about their players.
"It's obvious they care," Cousins said. "It's bigger than basketball here. Outside these lines, we're human beings just like everybody in this room. We go through things. We have life crises. We have emotions. We have ups and downs. It's just, when we get in between those lines, we have to zone out all of that and become these superstar athletes.
"They (the Warriors organization) know us outside of the lines. They know the everyday struggles. They know the adversity and the ups and downs we go through on a daily basis. (Myers) is feeling for the guy. It's not about basketball. It's about everything else. The (expletive) that y'all don't care about."
Warriors GM Bob Myers was emotional discussing Kevin Durant's Achilles injury. pic.twitter.com/Od6otpYHWJ
Cousins also had a message for the Raptors fans who cheered after Durant's injury.
"Trash. So trash," he said. "But like I said, we're known on the outer lines as superstar athletes, not human beings. It's always about what we can do between those lines. That's it. That's all that ever matters."
The cheers died after Raptors players signaled for the crowd to quiet, and when Durant was helped off the court, the crowd chanted, "KD! KD!"
Still, the initial reaction irked many.
"It's bull—-," Draymond Green told USA TODAY Sports after the game.
"Very confused around that reaction," Stephen Curry said. "It's not my experience with the people of this city, and I commend obviously (Raptors guards) Danny Green and Kyle Lowry especially, I think they were the ones that were kind of signaling to the crowd, like, let's check ourselves a little bit. You understand this is about an individual, a human being and not, 'Oh, shoot, he's out, he's hurt, we won the championship.' Like that was probably their initial thought, and you hate to see that when a guy's going through pain like that.
"So again, that's not my experience with this city and I just hope that ugliness doesn't show itself again as we go forward in this series."
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