KD was ‘hell-bent’ on proving he has heart, but wasn’t ready for Game 5 – Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith reports that Kevin Durant wanted to prove critics wrong by playing Game 5 despite being advised by former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kendrick Perkins not to play.
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  1. The fucked up part is that the same people calling KD out for making a "dumb" decision are the same people who would have questioned his heart if he didn't play. Kawhi was smart for sitting out because at the end of the day its YOUR health at risk, no one is on the court doing this for you.

  2. The Kawhi comparisons are off – KD cameback for the chips – Kawhi didn't want to risk a season – huge difference. If this wasn't the finals, KD will be off rehabbing.

  3. The Kawhi comparisons are off – KD cameback for the chips – Kawhi didn't want to risk a season – huge difference. If this wasn't the finals, KD will be off rehabbing.

  4. The Kawhi comparisons are off – KD cameback for the chips – Kawhi didn't want to risk a season – huge difference. If this wasn't the finals, KD will be off rehabbing.

  5. The same Media outlets were the same ones trying to put an insurmountable amount of pressure on KD because they won't admit it but anybody who is in lebron way is considered a problem that has to be brought down they are low key happy because they think this will make it easy for their boo thang but Lebron is done getting rings IMHO

  6. Let's pray and support Kevin Durant. Heal him Lord! We prayed for Kawhi's recovery too. Kawhi was not going to play until he felt he could or he would have been crippled also. Spurs did him dirty because he wouldn't destroy his own foot. What a shame. Players, protect your bodies, no matter what anyone says.All of those men are only human. BREAK or TARE your legs, and see how you feel!!! They are humans NOT SLAVES! GO WARRIORS! KEEP STACKING! God bless them ALL.

  7. People doubted K.Ds health because we were all told calf strain. So 33 days for calf strain that caused the questioning. If they came out and said it was a grade 2 Achilles tear no one would doubt him. But seems like his agent didnt want it getting out it was the achilles.

  8. AS OF TODAY.. I AM OFFICIALLY BOYCOTTING EVERY SPORTS DEBATE SHOWS BY NO LONGER WATCHING. I FELL TO THE FLOOR IMMEDIATELY WHEN I SAW KD GRAB HIS LEG, ALMOST CRIED. I FEEL TERRIBLE THAT ALL WEEK LONG PEOPLE QUESTIONED HIS CHARACTER EVEN TEAMMATES AND HE COMES OUT AND DOES THIS WITHIN THE FIRST 15 MINUTES OF THE GAME. I 100% BLAME THE MEDIA FOR PRESSURING THE DOCTORS AND BY PRESSURING KEVIN DURANT. GOOD BYE ESPN FIRST TAKE, IT WAS FUN.

  9. KD was forced to play. His doctor's were forced to approve him. We all know that KD was not even 75% but yet just like they did to Looney(now injured to not play at all) they the GSW team made him ruin his career.

  10. You risked KD’s future for a win. You’re still gonna lose the series & You’re gonna lose the player that made you unbeatable. They ain’t winning next year smh.

  11. The only saving grace is KD is already rich. He was just going to get stinking rich in free agency. So if the skinny (I mean super skinny)boy has to hang it up, even for a year or two, so be it. He isn't even married. He has no kids. He's rich. Mama is taken care of. But it's the lesson to all kids who are in sports: take care of the human in you. Those making bucks off you, including teammates, don't necessarily have your best human interest at heart.

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