Klay Thompson Ruled Out Until All-Star Break

Billy Woods | October 2nd, 2019

Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors star shooting guard, is officially ruled out until the All-Star break.

cbssports.com

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.

Next Article
  • Aaron Rodgers And Uncertain Future With Packers

    After helplessly watching his team of 15 seasons draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft instead of a wide receiver, quarterback Aaron Rodgers began to express doubt about his future with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers has long expressed his desire to finish his career with the Packers, but that...

    Read More
  • Durant Won’t Return This Season

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant won’t return to the court this season, even if the NBA waits until mid-summer to resume play. Since his Achilles injury in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Durant left the Golden State Warriors and joined the Nets with guard Kyrie Irving. The...

    Read More
  • Quincy Enunwa Out For 2020 Season

    The New York Jets wide receiver, Quincy Enunwa, will miss the entirety of the 2020-2021 NFL season after a neck injury he sustained in the 2019-2020 NFL season, which limited the young receiver to only one game. After his second season in the league, where he caught 58 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns,...

    Read More
  • Frank Gore Signs With Jets

    The New York Jets are signing running back Frank Gore to a one-year contract for the 36-year-old running back to play in his 17th season. The signing allows for more depth for the Jets, who have Le’Veon Bell in the backfield and under contract. Surprisingly, the Jets didn’t move up in the draft to select...

    Read More
  • NFL Cancels International Games For 2020-2021 Season

    In the midst of the COVID-19 fears, the NFL has canceled all five scheduled international games ahead of the 2020-2021 season. With the NFL releasing the full 17-game regular-season schedule this week, it was previously announced that four games would be played in London and one in Mexico City. The Jacksonville Jaguars were set to...

    Read More
  • Bears Decline Option On Trubisky; Cowboys Sign Dalton

    After a lackluster third season in the NFL, the Chicago Bears have declined to pick up the fifth-year extension for 2021 on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. In 2018, Trubisky’s second season in the league and one in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl, saw the Bears go 12-4 and lose in a devastating fashion...

    Read More
  • 2020-2021 NBA Season Postponements

    Due to the recent vanishing of sports because of COVID-19, the NBA is considering starting the 2020-2021 NBA season in December, with the playoffs potentially starting in mid-summer. As of right now, the current NBA format starts the season the week before Halloween, with the NBA Finals wrapping up around mid-June. That stretch of time...

    Read More
  • Bengals Release Andy Dalton

    After nine seasons of mediocrity, the Cincinnati Bengals release quarterback Andy Dalton just days after drafting the most recent Heisman winner: quarterback Joe Burrow. Dalton, 32, was the Bengals second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after being the all-time leader in wins at Texas Christian University. Dalton threw for 204 touchdowns with the Bengals,...

    Read More