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Injury update: Klay Thompson diagnosed with a concussion after further testing

Thompson left Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals after taking an inadvertent knee to the head.

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In the fourth quarter of Game 5, Klay Thompson took an unintentional knee to the head after Trevor Ariza bit on a pump fake. Thompson, who required stitches left the game with a right ear laceration. From SB Nation's Jesus Gomez:

"The Warriors said he passed the concussion protocol and was allowed to return to action, but he didn't re-enter the game."

However, Thompson appeared to have developed concussion-like symptoms after the game. Mychal Thompson, Klay's father told ESPN's Mike & Mike early Thursday that Klay couldn't drive home and threw up a couple times. Klay is expected to sit out 2-3 days and will rest through Sunday.

As Sam Amick of USA Today reports, Thompson received further testing and passed the concussion protocol, the injury being listed as a contusion. Thompson will see a neurologist on Friday for final clearance. Via Amick, Klay's agent Bill Duffy has no issues with how the situation was handled:

"I have absolutely no problems with how this was handled," Duffy said. "I think Klay was communicated with. There was no pressure whatsoever. It's absolute that this was handled the right way, with communication between the team and us, so I see no issue whatsoever, or no need for scrutiny. ... To me, it's a non-issue as to how it was handled."

Klay Thompson has emerged as a indispensable cog for the Warriors all season long. His ability to defend elite players as well as create his own shot are second to none. With that being said, it's great to hear that Thompson did not suffer a concussion and we should feel fairly optimistic about his chances to suit up against the Cleveland Cavaliers. With a week's rest ahead, there should be ample time for Thompson to recover. Barring a setback, he should be ready for the NBA Finals which begins on June 4.


In a turn of events, the Warriors announced today that Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion after further testing. Thompson will be evaluated on a daily basis and there is no timetable for his return.

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