Stephen Curry admits it will be ‘strange’ playing without Klay Thompson as he recovers from ACL injury
It’ll be some time before we see the Golden State Warriors’ “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt again following the team’s six-game defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Thompson tore his ACL in the decisive sixth game, crushing the Warriors’ hope at a threepeat; instead, Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to the first title in franchise history.
Curry opened up about the change. Per Marcus Thompson II in The Athletic:
“That will be the weird part,” he said of playing without Thompson as his longtime backcourt partner recovers from an ACL tear. “That will definitely be kind of strange.”
In Thompson’s stead, the Warriors acquired one-time All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and trade following Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Nets in free agency, joining Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in the New York metropolitan’s outerborough.
Thompson, 29, has played with Curry in the Bay Area’s backcourt since his rookie year—all the way back to the 2011-12 NBA season. Together they’ve made a combined 11 All-Star games and dominated the league, plus changed the way we view outside shooters.
While Thompson recovers from ACL surgery, Curry will be destined to make things work with Russell, a 23-year-old combo guard who earned his first All-Star merit last season but found no place on a Nets team with Irving joining.
The Warriors reached five straight Finals appearances due in large part to Thompson and Curry’s performances. It’s a new era for Golden State basketball.