Over the last six seasons, the average missed time for an isolated high ankle sprain is roughly 10 games. However the variability is high and a quicker return is possible. For example, earlier this season Indiana’s Myles Turner was able to return to action from a high ankle sprain after just three days and one game lost.
The Warriors have been providing Thompson with non-stop treatment and he is currently listed as questionable. However, even if Thompson is able to play, an injury of this magnitude could negatively impact his ability to make hard cuts and come off of screens. With uncertainty lingering, it seems this is just the latest injury to influence this recurring Finals matchup.
Thompson, who suffered a high left ankle sprain in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland on Thursday, is questionable for Game 2 on Sunday. While talking with reporters on Saturday – his right foot in a sneaker and his left wearing a slider with no socks – Thompson was unsure of whether or not he’ll be able to play. “I'm going to do everything I possibly can to play tomorrow,” he said. “It's not good.”
When it comes to NBA iron men, Golden State guard Klay Thompson is on the league’s short list. Since being drafted out of Washington State in 2011, the four-time All-Star has missed just 21 regular-season games out of a possible 558. Come playoff time, he’s even more durable: 100% attendance in 99 games. That streak, however, is in serious jeopardy.
Anthony Slater: Klay Thompson on JR Smith's role in his injury: "When I watched the replay, it pissed me off. That's a tough play on the ball, and just to tumble into somebody's legs like that...You gotta move past it, but it's life...It's just a minor setback. I don't think it was intentional."
Marc J. Spears: Warriors guard Klay Thompson (ankle) says he is optimistic he will play in Game 2, "I'm going to do what I possibly can to play." He added that the under cut accidental slip from Cavs guard JR Smith on the play in which he hurt his ankle wasn't intentional but it "pissed me off."
Monte Poole: 'It's sore but it's nothing too bad. It's less sore than it was last night, so that's a great sign. And I expect to heal up even more by tonight.' #Warriors G Klay Thompson today on his L leg contusion.
Anthony Slater: Klay Thompson last night on his injury: "I’ve got a sore ligament. I’m happy it’s just a muscle that got strained a little bit. No damage. The X-rays were negative so I’m happy about that." Said he will play in Game 2.
Melissa Rohlin: Klay Thompson didn't think JR Smith tried to intentionally hurt him: "I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. I think he was going for the ball. I don't think it was intentional."
Midway through the first quarter of Game 1 at Oracle Arena, when the Cavs led 18-15, four-time All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson went down with a left knee injury when Cavs guard J.R. Smith went barreling into him along the sideline. Thompson, who was taken to the locker room and evaluated, suffered only a left lateral leg contusion and returned to start the second quarter.
Adam Wexler: Kerr today on Thompson, Iguodala: "I believe Klay will play, but we're still listing him as questionable, we gotta see how he feels during pregame. And Andre, incremental progress, gametime decision. He needs more treatment, he'll probably warmup tonight & we'll see what happens.
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr believes Klay Thompson will play. Andre Iguodala listed as a game-time decision
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said Iguodala is doing better and Thompson is “moving around really well. I think he’s going to be fine.”
Mark Medina: Warriors are listing Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson as questionable for tomorrow in Game 5 vs Rockets
David Aldridge: Postgame, @KlayThompson says his knee is sore but he expects to play in Game 5 Thursday.
Chris Haynes: Golden State guard Klay Thompson tells ESPN he will return from a fractured right thumb tonight at Sacramento. He had missed the past eight games.
Melissa Rohlin: Thompson on whether he'll play vs. Kings: "Hopefully, I mean it's up to the training staff and coach Kerr. But I feel great, I feel like I'm shooting great and I'm eager to get out there. I feel like I'm probable."
Melissa Rohlin: Klay Thompson on whether the tape around his thumb affects his shot: "Not really, to be honest. You get used to it. But if I start missing shots, that's definitely my excuse. So just write that down now."
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said he hopes Klay Thompson can return this weekend: "Possibly Saturday." They also play on Sunday.
Melissa Rohlin: Klay on when he hurt his thumb: "I thought it was just a bad sprain. Luckily it wasn't worse. It hurt. But I'm not going to leave the game with only eight or nine guys we have. I'm not going to leave them out there on an island like that. So I just played through it."
Monte Poole: 'He and Rocco are about to get even closer.' -#Warriors coach Steve Kerr on how @KlayThompson (who during his career has played in 98 percent of available games) will cope with being idle with fractured R thumb Klay does love his dog.
Logan Murdock: What is Klay Thompson going to during his time off from injury? Steve Kerr: “He and Rocko [his dog] are about to get even closer.”
Shams Charania: Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson’s right thumb injury will likely sideline him several games, and he’s expected to return before end of the month, league sources tell Yahoo.
Sam Amick: Klay Thompson fractured right thumb against Minnesota, as has been reported, and will be re-evaluated March 22. Warriors confident he'll return somewhere around there, or not long after, I'm told. Not expected to linger.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Golden State guard Klay Thompson has a fractured right thumb and will be re-evaluated next Thursday, March 22.
Mark Medina: With Klay's injury, that means both Klay and Steph are out for at least the next four games. No Splash Brothers for at least a week.
Connor Letourneau: Klay Thompson has a right thumb sprain and Nick Young has a left hip contusion. Both are probable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.
Chris Haynes: Golden State says Stephen Curry (right hand contusion), Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle), David West (left lateral knee soreness) and Klay Thompson (sprained right ankle) are a go tonight at Orlando. Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) will sit it out.
Connor Letourneau: Patrick McCaw will start for Klay Thompson (sore right foot) tonight. Briante Weber will definitely play, Kerr said.
Chris Fedor: #Warriors Klay Thompson with a noticeable grimace when getting up from the podium. Had a limp last night. https://t.co/ZdUNbOK0qh
November 30, 2022 | 5:07 am EST Update
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