Klay Thompson exited tonight’s Game 6 loss with a left knee injury. He was quickly declared out for the game shortly after entering the locker room.
When Thompson left the court, ABC cameras captured him trying to run in the tunnel and jump on his leg. It appeared like he at least wanted to return to the game.
However, he was seen shortly thereafter leaving Oracle Arena on crutches. Video of Thompson’s departure was quite sobering.
After the game, all Warriors head coach Steve Kerr would say is that his star shooting guard had suffered “a knee injury.” He shared some interesting background info on what Thompson told him after getting hurt.
Apparently, he had every intention of coming back in.
Steve Kerr said Klay Thompson told him on his way off the court: "Just a two minute rest and I'll be ready." Next thing Kerr heard Klay was done for the night, crutching out of the arena.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 14, 2019
In the moment, of course Thompson wanted to return. However, you have to think the Warriors wanted to be a little cautious here.
Also, who is to say that once the adrenaline wore off a little, he didn’t realize he was hurting more than he thought?
Hopefully whatever Thompson’s knee injury is, it isn’t too serious.