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Klay Thompson will not return after suffering injury

The injury bug strikes yet again.

2019 NBA Finals - Game Six Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Klay Thompson suffered an awkward knee injury in the Golden State Warriors Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors.

Thompson landed at an odd angle while getting fouled on a dunk attempt. He courageously turned around in the tunnel to get back on the court and take his free throws, which kept his eligibility to return later.

But, after being checked out in the locker room, the Warriors determined that Thompson would not return to the game.

Prior to that news, ABC sideline reporter Doris Burke noted that Thompson was jumping up and down in the locker room, trying to get ready to return. She also noted that he told his father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson, that he did not hear his knee pop, which is certainly good news.

Those are good signs for Thompson’s availability should the Warriors win and force Game 7. But Thompson was seen on crutches in the fourth quarter, meaning we shouldn’t hold our breath.