Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson underwent an MRI on his injured right ankle Saturday night, and the results came back clean, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Thompson will go through a pregame workout before Sunday's Game 1 against the Houston Rockets before his playing status is officially determined.
While there's optimism that Thompson will play, there are questions about how the injury will affect his mobility:
There’s optimism that Thompson will play Game 1 but bigger question is whether there will be limitations on his mobility, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/90yuZGWgUd
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 28, 2019
Klay Thompson suffered the injury in the Warriors' Game 6 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Fellow star Stephen Curry also tweaked his ankle in that victory, making the Game 5 loss at Oracle Arena rather costly.
While it looks like both Thompson and Curry will play in Game 1, being limited against the Rockets is bad news. Thompson's two-way play is going to be very important, while Curry's defense is sure to be relentlessly targeted.
Still, even a limited Thompson-Curry duo is better than no Thompson and Curry. Golden State will need its stars to play well if its going to beat a Rockets team that will be out for revenge after last year's Western Conference Finals.
Thompson enjoyed a stellar first round against the Clippers, averaging 17.3 points while shooting 46.5% overall and 41.7% on 3-pointers. Curry put up stellar numbers as well, but it was Kevin Durant who starred for the Warriors with a scoring average of 35.0 points per game.