Golden State Warriors Superstar Klay Thompson Tears ACL
Talk about bad luck and misfortune. In a span of three days, two Warriors stars suffered very serious injuries. In Game 5, it was Kevin Durant tearing his Achilles, and last night in Game 6, Klay Thompson tore his ACL.
Klay Thompson injury update: pic.twitter.com/9b7dZfde9U
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The incident occurred late in third quarter of Golden State’s 114-110 loss last night, when Thompson went up to finish at the rim, before being fouled by Danny Green and landing awkwardly. He fell and immediately grabbed his left knee, rolling around the court in obvious pain as the medical staff rushed to provide attention.
Thompson was initially helped off of the court and taken to the locker room, before briefly returning to the court to shoot a pair of free throws before limping back off.
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“He might be the toughest guy I’ve ever seen in my life,” center Kevon Looney said. “I know he was in a lot of pain when he went down. I’ve never seen him scream or show emotion like that, so I knew he was hurt. He’s a tough guy and came back and made the free throws.”
“It’s just tough in terms of a guy like Klay that left it all out there,” Steph Curry said after the game. “He was playing amazing tonight. And to see a freak play like that where he landed awkwardly…it’s really not about what it means in terms of playing basketball, it’s just I’m more concerned about him as an individual.”
Prior to suffering the injury, Thompson was having a sensational night, carrying the Warriors and finishing the game with 30 points, shooting 8/12 from the field and 4/6 from 3.
“When Klay goes down and is out for the game, it’s just sort of a, ‘you got to be kidding me. Like, this has to stop,” coach Steve Kerr said. “But it’s just the way it’s gone. I don’t know if it’s related to five straight seasons of playing a 100-plus games and just all the wear and tear, but it’s devastating.
NBA stars reached out via social media, wishing Klay a speedy recovery.
Noooooo???…. Praying for a Speedy Recovery!!!! https://t.co/QGZ1PuCMQg
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 14, 2019
Praying for the bro klay man praying for a speedy recovery!! God got you! ????
— Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) June 14, 2019
Prayers up for @klaythompson. It’s tough seeing all these injuries.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) June 14, 2019
Prayers up for klay! You never want a player go down ??
— Bismack Biyombo (@bismackbiyombo) June 14, 2019
The last few days have been an absolute nightmare for the Warriors and it leads to some very important questions for next seasons. Even if the team manages to re-sign Thompson and Durant,- both free agents this summer- both are going to be out for the majority of, if not all of next season.
Even if Warriors are able to keep Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant in free agency, it'll be a fight to reach playoffs in the Western Conference. Thompson's ACL rehab could take him into February or March — and Durant likely misses entire season. Devastating turn of events. https://t.co/xKXayv9p34
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 14, 2019
Objectively speaking, and this sounds surreal to say, it may even be a struggle for the Warriors to make the playoffs. Management will have some very important decisions to make in terms of how they view their trajectory and what their priorities are. Either way, it’s been a devastating turn of events for the franchise.