The injury news on Klay Thompson could not be worse.
Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals Thursday, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Thompson injured his knee when he landed awkwardly after being fouled on a dunk attempt late in the third quarter of the game. He went down in pain and was heading to the locker room before returning to the floor to shoot two free throws, which he made.
Thompson was leading the Warriors with 30 points in the game at the time of his injury and finished as their leading scorer. Not only is the injury devastating for him as it could keep him out all of next season, but it also comes at a bad time financially. The 29-year-old will be a free agent this summer and was expected to sign a major contract.
Two of the Warriors’ best players from this season’s team — Kevin Durant being the other — are now entering next season facing recoveries from major injuries. Both players are expected to become free agents.
Klay Thompson left Oracle Arena on crutches in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday due to a knee injury.
Late in the third quarter, Thompson landed awkwardly on his left leg as he came down from being fouled by Danny Green on a dunk attempt. The Golden State Warriors guard went down in pain and headed to the locker room, but he returned to shoot his free throws, making both.
Thompson later exited the game for good and went into the locker room. ESPN later showed Thompson leaving the arena on crutches.
Thompson was the Warriors’ leading scorer with 30 points at the time he left the game. He has a reputation for putting up his best games in Game 6 of playoff series and was doing it again versus the Toronto Raptors.
Thompson was already playing through a hamstring injury in the series and now has exited with a knee injury. The Warriors are also without Kevin Durant, who tried to return from a calf injury and suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Game 5.
Thompson was being taken to the locker room before being informed that he had to shoot his free throws otherwise he would not be allowed to return to the game. The Golden State Warriors guard returned from the tunnel onto the court, took his free throws and made both. He went back on defense but the game was stopped on a DeMarcus Cousins foul, which allowed Thompson to be replaced.
Here's Klay Thompson needing help just to get off the court, going down the hall, slowly starting to be able to walk under his own power, then reversing course to go shoot those FT's. This is amazing. pic.twitter.com/1TawOxhGBk
Klay Thompson sent a cool tribute to Kevin Durant on Instagram Thursday ahead of Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Durant suffered a torn Achilles tendon early in Game 5 of the series on Monday, which will keep him out for several months. He tried to play through a calf injury in the game and was giving the Golden State Warriors everything he had after previously not playing since May 8. His teammates felt awful about what happened and are trying to show how they feel about him.
Here’s the post by Thompson, who also called for the fans to be supportive for the team’s final home game at Oracle Arena in Oakland before the move to the new Chase Center in San Francisco.
“Gameday, and it’s obviously a big one. But DubNation, I need you to reflect on the fact that we would not be in this position if it weren’t for this man and his sacrifices. He’s the reason there are banners hanging in the rafters of Oracle. I’m gonna need every Dubs fan in the building tonight to bring the same fire K brought everyday to the court !! It’s not gonna be the same running out that tunnel without u bro. We all know this is a minor set back for a major comeback !! Nothing can impede this mans greatness.
Speaking of oracle, let’s lay it all out there tonight in honor of the of the 47 years in this beautiful building . Let’s get it DubNation! #doitforK #onelastdance #webelieve” Thompson wrote.
He threw out basically every rallying cry he could think of. He used Durant’s injury, the final game at Oracle, and even the “we believe” mantra — a reference to the famous 2007 Warriors team.
The Warriors have no shortage of inspiration sources for Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Kawhi Leonard brought us one of the funniest memes of the year when he broke out an awkward laugh during his introductory press conference with the Toronto Raptors, and there are some who think Klay Thompson took a shot at him over it on Sunday.
While speaking with reporters in advance of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Thompson was asked a question about whether he thinks he will be able to bring some of his typical Game 6 heroics to Game 5 with the Golden State Warriors facing elimination. He began his response with a sarcastic laugh, and it was one that sounded extremely familiar.
If you saw all the Twitter reactions to Leonard’s laugh, it isn’t that hard to believe that Thompson was poking fun at Kawhi. He better be careful, however, because Leonard has already looked possessed on the court. The last thing anyone on the Golden State side needs to do is motivate him further.
The way he curled his hands makes us think he was doing something closer to the Cassell celebration. Whatever the case, the way he was playing while fighting through an injury was worthy of any kind of celebration he wanted.
Drake did not travel to Oracle Arena in Oakland for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, but the Toronto Raptors superfan made sure to get himself involved in the postgame storyline.
After the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109, the popular rapper posted a photo on his Instagram story trolling Klay Thompson, who did not play in the game due to his strained hamstring. The photo was an old one of Klay shirtless with a few women. “Stay Golden my friends…goodnight” was his message, along with some laughing emojis.
The Golden State Warriors apparently only expect Klay Thompson’s absence from the NBA Finals to last one game.
Thompson suffered a right hamstring strain in Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday and missed the end of the game with the injury. He was termed a game-time decision for Game 3 of the series on Wednesday, and the Warriors only announced he would miss the game around a half hour prior to game time.
During her report before the start of Game 3, ESPN reporter Doris Burke shared that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told them Thompson is “likely to play in Game 4.”
The Warriors were thinking long term with their handling of Thompson. They did not want to rush him back to action and see him hurt his hamstring even more, potentially rendering him unavailable for the remainder of the series. Instead, they figured they would go in Game 3 without him so that he would be closer to full strength for Game 4 and the remaining games of the series.
Golden State won on Sunday to even the series at 1-1.
Earlier reporting by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne stated that Warriors doctors would prefer to hold Thompson out, but the player himself is pushing to play through his hamstring issue.
Reporting with @ramonashelburne: Golden State officials prefer Klay Thompson sit out Game 3 to protect his sore hamstring for the rest of NBA Finals, but Thompson has continued to lobby them on playing tonight. Decision looms prior to tip.
Looney was averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game this postseason. He provides excellent depth at the center position for the Warriors. His absence should be buoyed by the presence of DeMarcus Cousins, who returned from a quad injury to play in both Games 1 and 2 of the Finals.