Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors star shooting guard, is officially ruled out until the All-Star break.
Thompson, 29, suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors were down 3-2 in the series, playing Game 6 on their home floor. Thompson was injured in the third quarter, as “Game 6 Klay” was in full effect. Thompson was effective all night, scoring over 30 points on a combination of catch-and-shoot plays and pull-up three pointers.
While attempting a transition dunk, Thompson landed awkwardly on his left knee, tearing the ACL. Even after the injury, Thompson left the locker room and returned to the court to play defense, torn ACL and all.
The coaching staff of the Warriors convinced Thompson to retreat to the locker room, where it was officially confirmed of the injury.
With the season quickly approaching, the Warriors have officially ruled Thompson out until at least the All-Star break, ensuring the guard will be given quality time to recover from the injury.
In his absence, the Warriors acquired D’Angelo Russell in a trade involving Kevin Durant. Russell, 23, averaged 21.1 points per game and was selected to his first all-star game in the 2018-2019 season. Next to former MVP Stephen Curry, Russell will shine in a Warriors offense that is designed to grant perimeter players with open looks. Russell is one of the best sharpshooters in the league, averaging three made three-pointers per game on 36% efficiency.
After appearing in five straight NBA Finals, the Warriors will continue their championship quest without Thompson for roughly 55 games. Once Thompson is reinserted into the lineup, defenses around the league will attempt to stop a lineup consisting of Curry, Russell, Thompson and Draymond Green. This Warriors team will still compete come playoff time.