Losing the NBA Finals obviously stings for the Warriors, but the true blow to the franchise came when Klay Thompson injured his knee in the third quarter. It was later announced that he tore his ACL on the play.
Thompson dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the Finals, yet that didn’t prevent him from playing his style of basketball. In fact, the sharpshooting swingman led the Warriors in scoring with 30 points on Thursday.
Unfortunately, the timing of this injury means Thompson won’t be ready for the start of next season. An injury of this magnitude usually takes anywhere from six to nine months to fully recover.
ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski believes Thompson’s rehab could take him into February or March.
To make matter worse for the Warriors, Wojnarowksi also revealed that Kevin Durant will likely miss all of next season.
With both stars set to hit free agency this summer, Golden State has a few tough decisions to make.
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
Even with Thompson and Durant out for the majority of the 2019-20 season, the Warriors should have enough firepower to stay relevant in the Western Conference.
However, a ton of pressure will fall on the shoulders of Steph Curry to keep his team competitive until they’re at full strength.
Hopefully, Thompson and Durant recover well from their injuries suffered in the NBA Finals.