The 2019 NBA Finals took a heavy toll on the Warriors, and it had nothing to do with the result of the series.
After losing Kevin Durant to a ruptured Achilles in Game 5, Golden State saw All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson go down with a serious injury Thursday night in the third quarter of Game 6. Thompson attempted to finish a dunk on a fast break, but he was fouled by Danny Green. When he landed, he put all of his weight on his left leg and quickly dropped to the ground.
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Thompson shockingly returned to the floor to shoot his free throws, but the Warriors fouled on the next possession to stop the clock and sub Thompson out of the game. Apparently he anticipated being able to return in no time at all.
“I think there was just two minutes left in the third, and [Thompson] said just a two-minute rest, I’ll be ready,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “And next thing I heard was he was done for the night from Drew Yoder, our trainer.”
Unfortunately for Thompson, the injury is much more serious than he thought. The Warriors announced Thompson had suffered a torn left ACL, which will likely sideline him for the majority of the 2019-20 season.
Plenty of NBA players reacted to the news and sent messages of support to Thompson, including Golden State center Jordan Bell.
No man!!! This lost hurt but hearing about this killed me. Prayers up to you bro @KlayThompson
– Jordan Bell (@1jordanbell) June 14, 2019
Praying for the bro klay man praying for a speedy recovery!! God got you! 🙌🏿🙏🏿
– Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) June 14, 2019
Damn Prayers up for both KD and now Klay!! 🙏🏾 Never want to see it happen in sports, but MAD RESPECT to them both for laying it all out 💯
– Tim Hardaway Jr (@T_HardJR) June 14, 2019
.@KlayThompson damn bro praying for you…shit doesn’t sit right but u got the heart of a warrior no doubt…true champion! Get well bro
– Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) June 14, 2019
Thompson scored 30 points in 32 minutes before exiting Game 6, a 114-110 victory for the Raptors that gave Toronto its first NBA title.
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