Klay Thompson is officially out for the NBA finals until further notice. For the sake of the Warriors and their fan base, hopefully he won’t have to miss too much of the series.
He suffered an ugly concussion during the Warriors’ game 5 win over the Houston Rockets. The Warriors didn’t face much of a challenge with the Rockets and would have swept them if it wasn’t for the outstanding first quarter that the Rockets had in game 4, preventing the Warriors from being able to come back.
He will not return to the court until he goes through the NBA’s concussion protocol, which could keep him from playing in at least one game of the finals series.
THIS JUST IN: Klay Thompson is diagnosed with a concussion and will not return to the court until he is cleared. (via @warriors)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 29, 2015
Klay Thompson’s diagnosis came after extensive examinations over the past two days according to the team. The league’s concussion protocol that he needs to go through will require him to pass several exercise tests symptom-free before he can return to game action.
While they continue to win and closed out the series against the Rockets on Wednesday, in terms of injuries, it hasn’t been a pretty sight for Warriors fans. In addition to the hard hit on Thompson in game 5, Stephen Curry also hit the floor hard and luckily he didn’t have a concussion and was somehow able to return during the same game.
The All-Star guard’s original diagnosis was a right ear laceration and he was immediately cleared to return to the game. However, blood was pouring out of his ear just as he was getting ready to return to the court and he was forced to head to the locker room for stitches.
The Golden State Warriors finished off the Rockets in 5 games and are now ready to face off with Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals starting on June 4th.
Klay Thompson was hit hard on the play that caused his concussion and may be forced to miss at least one game of the series. However, the one thing that the Warriors have going for them is that they are a strong team all-around and are favored over the Cavs to win.