Unlike many Raptors fans who cheered when Kevin Durant went down with a serious injury in Game 5, Drake appeared to show genuine concern for the Warriors superstar.
Durant, playing his first game since injuring his calf in the second round against the Houston Rockets, went down in the second quarter with what appeared to be an Achilles injury.
After initially distastefully cheering when he went down, Raptors fans eventually showered Durant with applause as he was being helped off the court, but Drake — who has been covering up the KD tattoo on his arm during the NBA Finals — was visibly shaken by what had just happened to his friend.
The rapper was caught on camera attempting to console Durant as he made his way to the locker room for evaluation.
Drake consoled Kevin Durant as he walked off in the second quarter. pic.twitter.com/05ZpHdL49l
— ESPN (@espn) June 11, 2019
After the game, Drake followed up his on-court display of support with a heartfelt Instagram post about his friend.
Drake certainly wanted to see the Raptors close out this series in Game 5 more than anybody, and an injured Durant exiting the game is an obvious advantage for Toronto.
But it didn’t take very long to see that Durant’s injury — which is believed to be a torn Achilles tendon — was serious, which prompted Raptors stars such as Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to urge the crowd to stop cheering.
The Raptors ended up squandering an opportunity to win the NBA championship on home soil as this series now shifts back to Oakland for a pivotal Game 6. We should know more about Durant’s injury in the coming days, but he’s likely out for the remainder of the NBA Finals.
For ALL of you who question my son as a Man, question his Heart, question his Integrity and question his LOVE for the game of basketball, you DON’T know him. He has a heart of a true Warrior! This too shall pass. God Bless you ALL. pic.twitter.com/y0qcQ5Boga
— Wanda Durant (@MamaDurant) June 11, 2019
An advantage for the Raptors, but certainly nothing for fans to cheer about.
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