As the basketball world awaits the official word on Kevin Durant's lower right leg injury - which some around the team reportedly expect to be a torn Achilles tendon - the process behind clearing the Golden State Warriors star for Game 5 has come under increased scrutiny.
Despite being cleared to play in Toronto, Durant "was not anywhere close to 100 percent," sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Durant had been out since May 8 due to a sprained right calf. He only practiced with his teammates for the first time on Sunday, barely more than 24 hours before Monday night's Game 5.
It remains to be seen how much Durant's weakened calf impacted the Achilles injury, although top Warriors personnel maintain due diligence was carried out.
"He was cleared to play tonight," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said after the game. "That was a collaborative decision.
"I don't believe there's anybody to blame. But I understand this world, and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department."