Klay Thompson’s status for Game 3 of the NBA Finals will go down to the wire.
Coach Steve Kerr called Thompson a game-time decision roughly 90 minutes before tipoff, with pregame training work likely to be decisive in whether he goes or not.
Klay Thompson is a game time decision on if he will play tonight, Steve Kerr says. Kerr says he will work with training staff and then the team will decide.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 5, 2019
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.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2019
Thompson has, all along, been steadfast in his desire to play. If he gets his way, he’ll be in. If he sits, it will almost certainly be over his objections.
The Golden State Warriors provided updates Monday night on the status of two players who were injured in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Klay Thompson underwent an MRI on his hamstring after injuring it on Sunday and has a mild strain. He is questionable for Wednesday’s Game 3.
Kevon Looney has a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture and will be out indefinitely.
Klay Thompson & Kevon Looney injury update: pic.twitter.com/TTwO4rWEVU
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 4, 2019
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.
Thompson is a major contributor to Golden State on both ends of the floor. He suggested immediately after Sunday’s game that he would not miss Game 3. Known for his toughness, Thompson did not miss any games in last year’s Finals despite injuring his ankle.
The series is tied 1-1 between Golden State and Toronto. The next two games will be played at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The trash talk between Drake and the Golden State Warriors continues.
Klay Thompson exited Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night with a hamstring injury suffered in the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant was not playing as he continues to recover from his calf injury. Though neither player was on the floor at the end of the win, they made their contributions with some trash talk.
KRON reporter Jason Dumas captured this video exchange which shows Thompson and Durant talking with Drake, the Raptors superfan/ambassador.
“Weren’t talking tonight were ya? With your bum a*s.”
— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) June 3, 2019
“See you in the Bay, Aubrey. Weren’t talking tonight, were ya?” Thompson could be heard saying.
Aubrey is Drake’s first name by birth — he just goes by his middle name on stage — so that’s a jab from Thompson at the music artist.
Klay Thompson does not seem to think he will miss any time despite suffering a hamstring injury in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Thompson left the game in the fourth quarter after landing awkwardly following a 3-point attempt. He limped off the court and into the locker room. He was later seen limping out with ice on his hamstring as he congratulated his Golden State Warriors teammates on the 109-104 win over the Toronto Raptors.
After the game, Thompson told Yahoo’s Chris B. Haynes that he did not see himself missing Game 3.
Golden State star Klay Thompson, who suffered a hamstring injury, tells Yahoo Sports that he’ll be fine: “No, I don’t see myself missing Game 3.”
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 3, 2019
Thompson also told Warriors head coach Steve Kerr he would be fine.
Saw Klay in the locker room, and just as he had with Steve Kerr, he told me he intends to play Game 3 despite his hamstring strain. Also added that this is not as bad as the high ankle sprain he suffered in last year’s Finals (he didn’t miss a start after that injury either).
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 3, 2019
Thompson told reporters he is planning to get an MRI. He will have two full days off to recover before Game 3 of the series at Oracle Arena on Wednesday. To give you an idea of his ability to play through injuries, Thompson did not miss any games in last year’s Finals despite suffering an ankle injury.
Klay Thompson left Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night with a hamstring injury.
Thompson was grabbing at his left hamstring at times during the game. Then in the fourth quarter, he took a 3-pointer and landed awkwardly following Fred VanVleet’s closeout. He limped to the Golden State Warriors’ bench and then into the locker room.
Klay Thompson appears to be injured pic.twitter.com/Pke6GqL51M
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) June 3, 2019
The Warriors announced later in the fourth quarter that Thompson had exited with left hamstring tightness and would not return.
Thompson had 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes prior to his injury. He was 10-for-17 shooting with four 3-pointers.
The Warriors were getting beat up in the game. Kevon Looney left with a collarbone injury, Andre Iguodala hurt his head in the second quarter before returning, and Steph Curry was said to be playing at less than full strength.
The Toronto Raptors entered the game with a 1-0 series lead.
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The officiating crew for Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors on Thursday night gave Klay Thompson no wiggle room.
Thompson was called for a weak technical foul with about five minutes left in the game after a ball he bounced hit a referee. Thompson had just been called for an offensive foul for pushing off against Danny Green. He bounced the ball back at official John Gobel, who turned his back, which resulted in the ball hitting him.
Tech on Klay for throwing the ball at the ref?? pic.twitter.com/DDHApxiHFw
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) May 31, 2019
The official behind Thompson who saw it happen is the one who called the tech.
Kawhi Leonard made the technical free throw to increase Toronto’s lead to 106-94. The Raptors then got a possession and killed another 30 seconds or so off the clock.
With the Warriors short on time to attempt a comeback, that weak call had a big impact. Toronto pulled out a 118-109 win to go up 1-0 in the series.
Klay Thompson found out from the media on Thursday that he was once again not elected to an All-NBA team, and the Golden State Warriors star could not hide his disappointment with being overlooked for a third consecutive year.
Thompson rolled his eyes when a reporter informed him that he finished behind Kemba Walker in the All-NBA Third Team voting.
Klay Thompson learns he didn’t make All-NBA (“Oh I didn’t?”) and is clearly a little ticked (it affects his next contract): “When you go to five straight Finals, it takes more than a couple All-NBA guys…Do I think there are that many guards better than me? No.” pic.twitter.com/bW5DiBavo1
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 23, 2019
“That’s cool and all, but when you go to five straight Finals — I respect those guys, but when you go to five straight it takes more than just a couple of All-NBA guys,” Thompson said. “That’s like an all-time team, but whatever. I’d rather win a championship than be Third Team All-NBA.”
Of course, making an All-NBA team gives a player much more than just bragging rights. Thompson, a five-time All-Star, would have been eligible for a five-year, $221 million supermax contract this offseason if he was All-NBA. Instead, he can earn a max of around $191 million over five years with Golden State. When asked if that part of it bothers him, Thompson said “rings” help him get past it.
“Do I think there are that many guards better than me in the league?” Thompson asked. “No, but that’s the reason why we’re still playing.”
Stephen Curry was named All-NBA First Team while Kevin Durant made the Second Team, and Thompson obviously has it tougher being teammates with those guys. He still managed to average 21.5 points per game this season, but that was not enough for the voters. These are the reasons why there have been rumblings that Thompson is unhappy with his role in Golden State, though his father seems to think his son should ignore all that and stick with what he has.
- Klay Thompson