As Kevin Durant fell with another devastating injury (and this one proved especially brutal), it was Raptors' fans who cheered and gawked on the sidelines, showing their excitement for turned out to be a season-ending Achilles tear.
Not the finest moment for Toronto fans, and certainly not one people will forget -- Kevin Durant, especially.
In a chat with Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the recovering star revealed his message for the haters and folks who smiled as he went down.
When he was escorted off the Scotiabank Arena almost two months ago, he was in a daze. Unable to process what had just occurred, all he knew was that he was being helped to the locker room. Initially, he was met with an awful gesture of cheers and applause from fans in attendance before Raptors players signaled the crowd to stop.
Durant doesn’t remember hearing the fans that night, but he has something for them to hear now.
“It will probably be the last time they will be in the Finals,” Durant told Yahoo Sports with a smirk.
Durant attempted to watch the remainder of Game 5 from his hotel room with his business partner, Rich Kleiman, and his Nike representative, Chuck Terrell, but dealing with a whirlwind of emotions, he turned the channel, only to switch it back a few minutes later to cheer on his teammates.
No doubt, Durant's career took an unfortunate turn that day on the court. But at that moment, when he gave his all to his team, it wasn't the end. Rather, it was another obstacle, another thing in his way to stop him from reaching the top.
Whatever the "top" might be, in this case, for KD is something only he knows. He likely won't be sharing that.
What we do know is that he will be back. That fighting spirit, that warring nature, his drive for vengeance; it will only serve to fuel his return.
As for the future of the Raptors and their Kawhi-less franchise, Durant is no doubt urging you to enjoy the moment while it lasts.