Durant being helped off the court in Toronto after tearing his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
On one side was Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. On the other side was former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.
Somehow, Durant was able to put weight on his injured right leg. He didn't need to be carried off the court.
"I saw the play and I was just shocked he was able to walk on it after," Tuivailala told Jeff Faraudo for The Seattle Times. "When I saw that I didn't think it was an Achilles because I couldn't put any type of weight on it. I hope he has a safe and smooth recovery, like I did."
"I quickly found out it was not a fun rehab," Tuivailala told Faraudo.
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Tuivailala, a San Mateo native, missed 11 months after rupturing his Achilles last August 8 in Texas. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old made his return to a big league mound against the A's. He pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.
What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area