Report: Klay Thompson’s ankle injury ‘regressed,’ status uncertain for Game 2
During Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Klay Thompson got tangled up with J.R. Smith after a slip on a steal attempt. The collision caused Thompson’s ankle to twist, resulting in a sprain.
Reports surfaced Saturday that Thompson plans on playing despite the injury. According to a report from USA Today, it seems that his ankle may have gotten worse in the last 24 hours.
Thompson was injured midway through the first quarter, when Cavs guard J.R. Smith barreled into him along the left sideline and appeared to slip just before making contact. He returned from the injury in the second quarter and finished with 24 points (and made five of his 10 three-point attempts), but the ankle worsened overnight and, according to the person with knowledge of the situation, regressed even more significantly on Saturday.”
Klay Thompson left for the locker room after this collision with J.R. Smith. pic.twitter.com/Z83IeKwsKc
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If Thompson is limited or could not play in Game 2, the Warriors would be left without their best two wing defenders with both Andre Iguodala who is “doubtful” and Thompson hobbled. The Cavaliers would likely attempt to attack Stephen Curry again with LeBron James, who used his switches efficiently in Game 1.