Warriors’ Klay Thompson was getting his MRI right as Game 6 ended
The Golden State Warriors added another name to their injury report in Thursday night’s loss to the Raptors, as Klay Thompson went down with an ACL injury in the third quarter.
The Warriors held a three point lead, 83-80, and the game had been tight for most of the night. A Stephen Curry steal sent Thompson and his teammates racing down the floor in transition. Curry then pushed the ball ahead to Thompson, who was fouled by Raptors swingman Danny Green as he rose up for a two-handed dunk. On his descent, Thompson’s left knee buckled, sending him to the floor in obvious pain.
In a show of determination, Thompson managed to take his foul shots before leaving the court for good for medical evaluations. The Warriors were already without the services of Kevin Durant due to an Achilles injury. Adding Thompson’s injury to the equation left the team really short-handed. In the end, the Raptors managed to claim their first championship in franchise history:
Thompson was taken to an X-ray imaging center in Berkeley shortly after leaving the court and was unable to watch the end of the game. Ramona Shelburne detailed the moments that followed in her recent article for ESPN:
Thompson’s brother, Mychel, drove him to an imaging center in Berkeley. His parents followed in a separate car. The Warriors were keeping it close deep into the fourth quarter.
With just a few minutes remaining in the game, Thompson was wheeled into the MRI machine. The game ended while he was in there.
“What happened?” Thompson asked as soon as he finished. “Did we win?”
It wasn’t until he learned that the Warriors had lost that he began to consider what this injury might mean to his career.
“Do you think this could affect my free agency?” he asked.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob had high praise for Thompson, who is indeed up for free agency this summer:
“We win that game, in my opinion, if he stays healthy,” Lacob said of Thompson. “He’s fantastic. Unbelievable. I love him.”
Whether or not Thompson will be with the Warriors next season is still up for debate. He’d be a fine addition to any team, to be sure, but his suitors will need to consider his recovery time.