Klay will play Game 2 vs. Grizz after harm report scare initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After a daily season of watching each stars and function gamers shelved for stretches lengthy and quick, the very last thing Warriors followers need to see is gamers pop up on the harm report within the NBA playoffs. Especially Klay Thompson, with what he has been by way of the final three years.
Even although he was listed as simply possible on Monday’s harm report with proper knee soreness following the Warriors’ 117-116 Game 1 win over the Memphis Grizzlies within the Western Conference semifinals, Dub Nation held its collective breath fearing that Thompson could possibly be coping with one other leg situation. Exhale and wipe away any sweat.
Thompson will play in Tuesday night time’s Game 2 at FedExForum.
“He just banged his knee,” Steve Kerr stated Tuesday at shootaround. “He’s fine, he’s good to go.”
During shootaround, Thompson wore a compression sleeve on his proper leg however moved across the courtroom as he all the time does. This additionally is not the identical knee that he sustained a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. That was his proper knee.
It would take fairly the harm for Thompson to overlook a playoff sport at this level, and he made it clear he’ll be on the ground and would not count on to be held again one bit.
“I feel great,” Thompson stated.
The sharpshooter could not recall which play he banged his knee on within the collection opener, although he says he now feels “really good.” Kerr did not level out a single play both, however there is a good likelihood it got here within the closing minute of the Warriors’ victory when Thompson and Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks fought for a unfastened ball.
As Thompson stepped as much as snatch the ball with the Warriors down by two, Brooks’ physique turned and flew proper into Thompson’s proper leg/knee earlier than the 2 went to the bottom and wrestled for the ball.
Just 6.3 seconds later, Thompson drained the go-ahead 3-pointer that wound up being the game-winner for the Warriors to provide them an enormous early collection lead on the street.
Kerr and Thompson each stated they count on a particularly bodily sport from the Grizzlies come Tuesday night time. Memphis is aware of happening two-games-to-none to the Warriors might spell the top of its season very quickly. On the opposite facet, the Warriors know simply how essential taking these two video games from the Grizzlies on the street can be of their chase for an additional championship.
In the Warriors’ Game 1 win, Thompson scored solely 15 factors whereas taking pictures 5-for-13 from the sphere and 1-for-6 from 3-point vary. But in Golden State’s first-round collection win towards the Denver Nuggets, he elevated his scoring totals within the first 4 video games, placing up 19 factors in to start out, then 21, 26 and 32 earlier than dropping 15 to shut them out in Game 5.
Look for him to be firing early together with his eyes on a bounce-back taking pictures night time, all whereas the Warriors attempt to match the Grizzlies’ physicality on each side of the ground.