Klay Thompson is a game-time decision for Wednesday’s Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors sharpshooter is being listed as questionable after injuring his hamstring in Sunday’s Game 2, and leaving the game.
At Tuesday’s practice, Thompson sounded optimistic about his chances of suiting up at Oracle Arena.
Klay Thompson says he anticipates playing Game 3. “I look forward to playing tomorrow night.”— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) June 4, 2019
Thompson noted that he’s pain-free in most areas of the game. There are only a few movements that are hurting him, and he said that the high ankle sprain he sustained in the 2018 NBA Finals was much worse.
Klay Thompson said there’s only a few movements that cause him pain. Says he’s very encouraged by that.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) June 4, 2019
Klay said last year’s high ankle sprain was “a much worse position than I am in now.”— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) June 4, 2019
Always embodying the name on the front of the jersey, Thompson said he was more than happy to play through pain. But he also noted that if there is pain, he might not play, just to be safe. The Warriors can withstand missing the five-time All-Star for one game, but they may not be able to survive if he re-aggravates it and is out for the rest of the series.
Klay: "When I have to stop on a dime or make hard cuts, that's when I feel it the most." Said he thinks he can help if he's "80 percent," but said earlier "if there's any pain, it will be a no go."— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 4, 2019
Klay said any pain and he might not play. They are thinking about the rest of the series. Sounds like the extra two days could go a long way— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) June 4, 2019
Thompson’s return for Game 3 would be huge, especially since Kevin Durant has already been ruled out. But playing it safe makes the most sense.