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.
Klay Thompson is seen walking by the Warriors locker room on crutches. pic.twitter.com/U8IoHkvvJI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 14, 2019
He also had an ice bag on his knee:
Klay leaves the building on crutches pic.twitter.com/BtliB5GG4q
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 14, 2019
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.
Klay Thompson went down with a left knee injury during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Late in the third quarter, Thompson was going for a dunk and got fouled by Danny Green. He missed the dunk and landed awkwardly on his left knee and went down to the floor grabbing it.
Klay Thompson takes a fall and he was on the ground in some serious pain pic.twitter.com/mw0HpOOq5y
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) June 14, 2019
He came back after his knee did this pic.twitter.com/hg0pWSB0r5
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 14, 2019
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
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 14, 2019
Thompson then went back into the tunnel to receive medical attention in the locker room. He was shown by ABC trying to run down the tunnel.
Thompson was on fire during the game, living up to his “Game 6 Klay” moniker. He had 30 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 10-for-10 at the line when he left the game.
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.
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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
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“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.
Klay Thompson copied Kawhi’s laugh perfectly 😂 pic.twitter.com/vqz1VESHeq
— Cole Topham (@HamAnalysis) June 9, 2019
Compare that with Leonard’s laugh from back in September, which you can see at the 25-second mark below:
Kawhi shares some laughs at Media Day: "I'm a fun guy" 😆
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 24, 2018
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.
Klay Thompson’s celebration after making a shot in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday had fans debating his intent.
Thompson returned from a hamstring strain that kept him out of Game 3 of the series and played well in the first half of Game 4, leading the Warriors in scoring.
Late in the second quarter, he made a long jumper near the corner and celebrated with his hands near his groin.
Klay's got balls pic.twitter.com/rqljgREjzn
— Board Man Gets Paid (@cjzero) June 8, 2019
The celebration was noted by many fans, but there was a debate about whether he was doing the Russell Westbrook “rock the baby” celebration or the Sam Cassell Big Balls Dance.
Sam Cassell Dance remains the best celebration ever
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) June 8, 2019
Rocking the baby huh…. thats how u feel
— Javale McGee (@JaValeMcGee) June 8, 2019
klay rocked the baby. it was not the cassell. everybody relax
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) June 8, 2019
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.
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) June 6, 2019
Drake has been going back-and-forth with the Warriors throughout the series, trading trash talk and adding a fun element to the battle between the teams. All his talk seems to be in good fun considering he is friendly with their players.
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.