Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was helped off the court in Game 6 after sustaining what appeared to be a knee injury. He went up for a dunk and landed awkwardly on his left leg, immediately going down and holding his leg in obvious pain. He remained down for a short period while the medical staff came to check him out before slowing being helped to his feet.
Thompson was headed to the locker room before coming back onto the court to shoot free throws. Unfortunately, after making the free throws the training staff convinced him to head back and get checked out. Here’s a look at the scene, courtesy of ESPN.
It was an incredibly concerning scene, but how things played out in the locker room after at least offered some reason for optimism.
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Update: Klay Thompson Tears ACL
Just hours after the game wrapped up an update came from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski who revealed Thompson has suffered a torn ACL.
Along with the new update, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols revealed comments made by Warriors owner Joe Lacob.
Klay Thompson Says He Did Not Hear Pop in Knee
While Thompson was back in the locker room, it was revealed by ESPN’s Doris Burke that he told his father twice he did not hear a pop in his knee when landing. He was also jumping up and down in the locker room in an effort to stay warm and potentially return, although that obviously didn’t play out. In the end, the Warriors ruled him out for the game, as Burke reported shortly after.
Thompson was then seen leaving the arena on crutches, which SportsCenter showed on video.
The Warriors guard missed one game earlier in the series due to a hamstring injury. Unfortunately, Golden State was unable to knock off the Raptors in Game 6, falling 114-110 and in turn losing the series 4-2.
Prior to the injury, Thompson was red-hot from the field, scoring 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Although he was unable to return to this game, Thompson still finished the night as the game’s leading scorer.
Warriors General Manager & Owner Meet Thompson in Locker Room
When the news was revealed that Thompson would not return during Game 6, it led to both Warriors general manager Bob Myers and owner Joe Lacob going back tot he locker room. As The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reported, Myers went and found Lacob to bring him back and see Thompson.
After the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that Thompson told him he was going to be out for a two-minute rest before returning, as The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reported.
There’s been no update on the official injury suffered by Thompson, but there will likely be one sooner than later or by Friday morning/afternoon at the latest.