Steve Kerr: Klay Thompson won’t miss any time after nasty finger injury
Klay Thompson suffered a gruesome finger injury during Tuesday’s 115-108 victory over the Utah Jazz, but Steve Kerr indicated the Golden State Warriors sharpshooter will not miss any games.
Thompson suffered a dislocated left ring finger midway through the first quarter after getting it caught in Donovan Mitchell’s jersey.
Klay Thompson dislocated his finger & walked it off as if he had just given Donovan Mitchell a high-five pic.twitter.com/wUek73gtDV— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 13, 2019
The injury did not prevent him from returning to a game in which he contributed 22 points, four rebounds, one assist and two blocks in the winning effort.
Despite being able to return to the game in the second quarter — after he popped his finger back into place and had Warriors trainers tape it up — to say the injury was a nasty one would be an understatement.
Klay Thompson's finger pic.twitter.com/yHDiffhWaI— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 13, 2019
“He was fine,” Kerr said. “He said he didn’t have any problem with it.”
Thompson did not address the injury with the media after the game, but Kerr gave every indication the superstar would be on the court for Wednesday night’s road game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Steve Kerr said Klay Thompson is feeling fine and good to go for tomorrow— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 13, 2019
Kerr praised Thompson after the game for being a “no maintenance” player.
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson’s pain threshold pic.twitter.com/Ina0bQ3MtF— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 13, 2019
“One of his best attributes,” Kerr said. “It’s incredibly valuable when you have a guy you know you can count on every single night. Even on nights he gets banged up, he seems to shake it off and come right back.”
Thompson is averaging 22.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 47.5 percent shooting from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Warriors without question are fortunate that Thompson’s finger injury was not more serious, especially given how grim it looked in the immediate aftermath.