'An incredible win, and a horrible loss': Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts to the difficult emotions that came with Golden State's Game 5 victory and Kevin Durant's injury

  • Kevin Durant suffered a devastating injury during the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
  • After the game, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr struggled to describe the wild range of emotions that came with the team's big win and the horrible loss of Durant.
  • The Warriors will be without Durant as they return to Oracle Arena for another must-win game on Thursday night.
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr struggled to describe his feelings at the podium after his team's 106-105 win over the Raptors on Monday night.

While the Warriors victory in the must-win game extended the Finals to Game 6 and kept the team's hope of repeating again as champions alive, the game was marred by the injury of Kevin Durant, who had to be helped off the court in the second quarter.

Durant had missed the first four games of the series due to a calf injury but worked to get back into the starting lineup on Monday night. After getting off to a wildly hot start, Durant suffered what would later be revealed as an Achilles injury that would send him off the court for good.

Read more: Kevin Durant appeared to re-injure his calf and had to be helped off the floor just 12 minutes into his big Finals return

Speaking after the game, Kerr attempted to describe the complex feelings that came with the day, having gotten the win the team needed but lost Durant to a devastating injury.

"I just told the team I didn't know what to say," Kerr said. "On the one hand I'm so proud of them, the amazing heart and grit that they showed. On the other, I'm just devastated for Kevin. And so, it's a bizarre feeling that we all have right now. An incredible win, and a horrible loss at the same time."

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes down with a leg injury against the Toronto Raptors during first half action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 is helped to his feet by Klay Thompson #11 and Quinn Cook #4 of the Golden State Warriors after sustaining an injury against the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors reacts as Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is carried off the court in the first half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant, alero de los Warriors de Golden State, es ayudado a salir de la cancha tras lesionarse durante el quinto partido de la Final de la NBA ante los Raptors de Toronto, el lunes 10 de junio de 2019 (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant glances up at the stands as he walks off the court after sustaining an injury during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is consoled as he walks off the court after sustaining an injury during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) walks off the court after sustaining an injury as Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka (9) addresses the crowd, while Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) and Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) look on during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is assisted off the court after sustaining an injury in the first half against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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After Kerr's turn at the podium, Warriors general manager Bob Myers would step up to say a few words, and had to hold back tears as he revealed that Durant had suffered an Achilles injury.

While the Warriors are still reeling from the emotions that come with such a harrowing loss, the team will have to find a way to regroup quickly, with Game 6 set for Thursday night back in Golden State. Whether the Warriors win or lose, it will be the team's last game at Oracle Arena.

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