The 2019 NBA Finals proved to be a war of attrition for the back-to-back defending champion Golden Warriors. Unfortunately, tonight’s loss of Klay Thompson proved to be too much for the modern dynasty to withstand.
Thompson, who was having perhaps the best Finals series of his career and an incredible game six, left the game after coming down awkwardly on a fast break attempt.
He went into the tunnel, before dramatically turning around to take his two free throws. He knocked down both to hit a team-high 30 points on the night.
He was subbed out, and reportedly attempted to do some warm-up drills and return. Instead, he wound up being taken out of the arena on crutches.
Hours after the Warriors’ NBA Finals series loss to the Toronto Raptors, we’ve learned that Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Thompson’s agent Greg Lawrence shared the news.
Golden State’s Klay Thompson has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, his agent Greg Lawrence tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 14, 2019
Thompson is set to hit free agency this off-season, but it is widely believed that he will remain with the Warriors, for whom he’s played his entire NBA career.
His injury, along with the devastating ruptured Achilles suffered by Kevin Durant in game five, makes two Warriors superstars who are entering free agency ahead of seasons that may be severely shortened, if not outright missed, due to injury.
The Durant situation is far more up in the air, as many thought he was set to leave Golden State when free agency hit. Still, the combination of injuries could reshape the NBA off-season and the 2019-20 Western Conference race in a huge way.