Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has a gentle high calf strain, will not travel with the team to Houston and will be evaluated next week, announced the team Thursday.
Warriors leader Houston Rockets 3-2 joins game 6 in the Western Conference semifinal series on Friday (ESPN, 9 pm ET). If Golden State cannot close the series, Game 7 will be Sunday (ABC, 3:30 pm ET).
The injury occurred with 2:11 in the third quarter of Game 5 on Wednesday night as Durant went up for a jumper over Rockets swingman Iman Shumpert. Durant did not seem to come in contact with Shumpert, but after the landing he took a few steps up the court and then squeezed the right leg. He slipped towards the Rockets bench and after a few moments he went straight to Warriors locker room, along with coach and general manager Bob Myers.
Durant had an MRT on Thursday.  Warriors coach Steve Kerr and guard Stephen Curry noted that Durant was understandably down the damage, but there was a noticeable sense of relief in the locker room that his injury was not more serious. Initially, players and coaches feared that Durant tore off his Achilles tendon, but Kerr was told by Warrior's medical staff that it was not.
With Durant out indefinitely, Curry confirmed on Wednesday that the warriors would have to go back to how they played four years ago, before Golden State acquired its star ahead.
"Whoever has the ball, whether it's a pick-and-roll, we swing, do the defense, make decisions at the end of the floor," Curry said. "We still have a lot of weapons and can create good crimes against that type of attack."
"At the end of the day, everything we do with our defense begins. It gave us a chance to win the stretch of how hard we played at that end of the floor. Just subtle changes that happen when you don't have the game cameras that get K on the right place to take advantage of his talent. We will manage it for how long he is out. "
ESPN's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.