Golden State’s run of injuries to star players continued in the third quarter of Game 6 when star guard Klay Thompson’s left knee appeared to buckle in an awkward landing after a contested dunk attempt with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Thompson remained down for a few minutes in significant pain, clutching at his leg. He was helped into the tunnel and headed for the locker room, but came back to shoot the free throws to put the Warriors ahead 85-80.
Blake Murphy: Klay Thompson says he was sore after Game 4 but feels great. Estimates he’s in the 80-90% range. More bothered by the loss than his hamstring.
Joe Vardon: Klay Thompson took the court just now to warm up, and the assembling Bay Area crowd let him know he’s appreciated. His streak of 120 consecutive playoff games was snapped in Game 3 by a bum hamstring
Connor Letourneau: For what it's worth, Klay Thompson is also listed as questionable tonight. Warriors expect him to play.
Meanwhile, big man Kevon Looney (costal cartilage fracture) might not be done for in this series after all. Thompson’s return was the most foreseeable, given the shooting guard’s durability and stubbornness against missing games. He was straining at Kerr’s and the medical staff’s leash Wednesday, even as he understood their safe-rather-than-sorry approach. “It just sucks missing a Finals game,” Thompson said. “It's the NBA Finals and this is what we work our whole lives for. But I would rather miss one game than an entire series. So, it wasn't the end of the world.”
Mark Medina: Klay on if he feels pain free with his left hamstring: “We’ll see.” But Klay add he’s encouraged with all the progress he’s made after injuring his hamstring in Game 2
Josh Lewenberg: Klay said he knew last night that he would play in Game 4, needed those extra couple days but feels good today and doesn't think he'll be limited. "I just can't wait to get out here tomorrow."
John Gonzalez: Klay Thompson said he wanted to play Game 3. Wasn’t his call. Said he’s good to go for Game 4.
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said Klay Thompson plans to play tomorrow in Game 4
Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson will return for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, league sources told Yahoo Sports, after Golden State made the difficult decision to hold him out right before before Wednesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Thompson, who is nursing a left hamstring injury he suffered in Game 2, lobbied management and the coaching staff to let him play.
Thompson was a game-time decision on Wednesday, but the Warriors' staff ultimately decided to hold him out, despite the All-Star swingman pushing to play. "The whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "So that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it. Never would have forgiven myself if I played him tonight and he had gotten hurt. So you live with the decision you make, you make a wise decision, the wisest one you can, and then you live with it and move forward. "So the good thing is, Klay has done well the last two days; now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully he'll be out there on Friday."
A few members of the organization expect Thompson to return for Game 4 on Friday. If he’s healthy and ready to go, he’d be an instant boon. “He’s one of the best two-way players in the history of the league. Just him not being there defensively hurts us as well,” Cook said. “He has a body to him at all times and everybody has to know where he is at all times, so it opens up a lot for Steph and Draymond (Green)’s pick-and-roll and everyone else. We have to learn. We haven’t played without Klay in a while, so it was new. But no excuses. We had our chances.”
Nick Friedell: Kerr is hopeful that with a couple more says rest Klay will be ready for Game 4 on Friday. Kerr said he never would have forgiven himself if Klay injured his hamstring even more and couldn’t finish series.
Tim Bontemps: “That’s the gist of it all,” Kerr says, when asked of the possibility of Klay making the injury worse by playing. Says if there is, Klay will not play.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on what goes into deciding whether Klay Thompson will play tonight: "If there's risk, we would not play him. He got some shots this morning, and got some running on the court, so that's a good sign."
Eric Smith: "If I can be out there, even at 80 per cent, I still think I can be effective..." - Thompson
Melissa Rohlin: Klay Thompson said he’s a game-time decision for tomorrow, but added that it would be hard for him to see himself not playing. pic.twitter.com/MnHFAUAUMq
Nick Friedell: Klay: “It will be a game time decision but I really want to be out there.” Says the pain level has gone down since Sunday night.
Ben Golliver: Warriors’ Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson (hamstring) for Finals Game 3 vs. Raptors: “He says he’s feeling well. He says he’ll be ready to go. We have to determine if that’s a risk. If there’s a risk we’d rather give him the next couple of days to heal. It’s literally day to day.”
Shams Charania: MRI on Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson confirmed a hamstring strain and he will likely be questionable for Game 3, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Thompson will test body over next two days with hope to play Wednesday night.
An MRI on Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson's left hamstring was delayed because the team arrived back in Oakland later than anticipated Monday morning, so the results won't be known until later in the evening.
Thompson left Sunday night's game in the fourth quarter with left hamstring tightness. Further testing was scheduled to determine the severity of the injury, although Thompson said after the game he expected to play in Wednesday's Game 3. The Warriors' charter carrying players and the coaching staff left Toronto after the game but didn't arrive back in Oakland until after 4 a.m. Pacific Time.
Thompson was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, which should help the Warriors better gauge his status for Game 3. What remains unquestioned is that Thompson, who still had a slight limp when leaving Scotiabank Arena on Sunday, will do everything in his power to be available.
Asked for an update on Thompson, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, “Klay said he'll be fine, but Klay could be half-dead and he would say he would be fine.”
Dr. Rick Celebrini, Golden State’s director of sports medicine and performance, was to spend Monday and Tuesday trying to decipher the severity of Thompson’s tweaked hamstring. When discussing the injury with Thompson, Celebrini is well-aware of his patient’s tendency to downplay the pain he feels.
Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson, who suffered a left hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ NBA Finals Game 2 victory Sunday night, told Yahoo Sports that he doesn’t expect to miss any time. “No, I don’t see myself missing Game 3,” Thompson told Yahoo Sports. Thompson led the Warriors with 25 points and carried them in the first half as they evened the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors with a 109-104 victory. “I’ll be fine,” Thompson told Yahoo Sports. “That was a good win for us tonight.”
Mark Medina: I caught up with Klay Thompson on the way out of the arena. Klay about his hamstring: “I’m good. It’s just tight.” Does Klay think he’ll play in Game 3? Klay: “Honestly, it’s hard to say. Thank God we got a couple of days off. But I think I’ll be good to go.”
Mark Berman: Steve Kerr updates Warriors injury situation: Steph Curry (ankle) will play and Klay Thompson (ankle) will warm up and try to play. Says "it's trending in the right direction." Said Klay had an MRI and it's clear. Will "literally" be a game-time decision for Klay. pic.twitter.com/IROPxohCQd
Connor Letourneau: Klay Thompson will warm up and see if he can play. "It's going to be a late call. ... But you guys know Klay. He's going to lobby, and he's going to do everything he can to play." MRI came back clean. Said it's "trending in the right direction."
Golden State Warriors All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are "questionable" for Sunday's Game 1 against the Houston Rockets in the NBA's Western Conference semifinals because of right ankle injuries, according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
"He's OK," Kerr said Saturday of Thompson. "He and Steph both came in this morning to get some treatment. And I haven't even spoken with [Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] yet today so we're upstairs watching film and getting ready. We'll see how they're doing [Sunday]. I'm not going to make a definitive statement on whether they'll both play -- let's just call it questionable.”
Kerr acknowledged that Thompson's sprain, which came in the third quarter Friday night, was more severe than initially thought. "It was a significant sprain," Kerr said. "He was limping last night. So as I said, we'll see how he's doing [Sunday]."
Saturday morning, hours after the Warriors won their fifth-straight road playoff game, Klay Thompson’s sprained ankle was still pretty bad, according to sources. Bad enough to put his availability in question for Game 1 against visiting Houston on Sunday? That is certainly on the table. How his ankle responds to treatment over the next 24 hours is what the Warriors are watching closely.
Logan Murdock: Steve Kerr said both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are questionable for Game 1. When asked about @Marcus Thompson’s report that Klay’s ankle was ‘pretty bad’ Kerr joked that reporters have better sources than he does. pic.twitter.com/ABDTgihtUD
Mark Medina: Official word for tonight: Kevin Durant (flu), Klay Thompson (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) and Andrew Bogut are all out tonight vs Pelicans
Mark Medina: Klay Thompson on the rare times he misses games with an injury: "You always want to be out there. It is a rigorous season with 82 games. But you want to be there for your teammates every night and for the fans who pay their hard-earned money to come watch us."
Shams Charania: MRI on Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson's right knee returned clean, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Golden State Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson will not play Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers because of right knee soreness. Thompson is scheduled to have an MRI when the Warriors return to the Bay Area on Sunday. He injured the knee during Thursday night's loss to the Orlando Magic, but is not concerned he will miss an extended amount of time.
"I'm sore but I'll be all right," Thompson told ESPN. "I don't think it's anything serious, but it's definitely better [we] take the right precautions for sure."
Marc J. Spears: Warriors guard Klay Thompson is expected to play tonight after missing a game to illness.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors say Klay Thompson (illness) is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Lakers.
Drew Shiller: Steve Kerr just told @Damon Bruce that Klay Thompson's ankle sprain is nothing serious and that Klay is probable for Wednesday night's game vs the Wizards
Melissa Rohlin: Klay said he will definitely play tomorrow and says he has a pretty high pain tolerance—but still feels pain. “Im not invincible,” he said.
Later, on the postgame podium, Draymond would appraise Klay as “one of the toughest guys if not the toughest guy I’ve ever played with.” Draymond also plays with David West. Perhaps that’s explained by Klay’s zen as much as his grit. He just doesn’t care, except for the things he really cares about. He loves basketball and will tune out everything, even immense pain, in order to play it and play it better. After the game, Klay said, “I didn’t realize how much you use your ankle until you hurt it.” That part of life was off his radar, until it came into focus. That’s Klay’s secret. He optimizes what he wants, and ignores what he doesn’t. The result is a game and life that, as Zaza might say, is true.
Connor Letourneau: Klay Thompson has never missed a playoff game. Kerr said that he met with his staff earlier today to put a plan in place for the rotation in case Thompson can't go.
Mark Medina: As @Ramona Shelburne and @Sam Amick noted, strong expectation Klay Thompson will play tonight in Game 2. Wouldn’t be surprised if Klay has no minutes restriction either. But will he have limited impact on court? Can he find the same adrenaline to play off of as he did in Game 1?
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.
August 13, 2022 | 2:04 am EDT Update
ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.
After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. “It kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you’re the focal point. It’s one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘oh dang, Al Jefferson.’ It’s not even like a difference,” said Williams.
“I think he’s going to approach it even better. He’s going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn’t work out, which, I don’t know what it is or not, I’m not involved in none of those processes,” stated Williams. “But I think that he’s going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he’s going to be very, very, very, very secure because he’s secure of himself and he’s secure of what he’s going to be.”
Green then admitted that it’s usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don’t always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: “That’s just not how we roll,” Green said. “So I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it’s in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I’m like ‘Klay stop shooting the ball’ and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.”
It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.”
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.”
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK