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Golden State Warriors announced that shooter Clay Thompson has suffered a lower leg injury.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first announced that Thompson would be tested to determine the severity of the injury.
Charania noted that Thompson failed to put weight on his leg when he left the gym.
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
According to two sources, Clay Thompson̵7;s leg injury looked bad, but neither of them was ready to accept an accident. Warriors have to make significant decisions tonight / this week so that their fingers cross as they wait.
The 30-year-old Thompson averaged 21.5 points on 46.7% shooting (40.2% of the three-point range) with 3.8 rebounds per game for the Warriors in the 2018-19 season, his last full campaign.
Thompson suffered a torn ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals as he made his way to the end of the third quarter of his team’s 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors. He somehow knocked down his two free throws and stayed on the court for a few seconds before being taken out.
The post-game diagnosis revealed a torn ACL and the former Washington state star was lost throughout the 2019-20 season.
This year turned out to be lost to the Warriors, who could do nothing due to injury (e.g., Thompson and Stephen Curry, who were limited to five games with a broken arm) and departures (e.g., Kevin Durant, helped the Dubs win two NBA titles in 2017 and 2018). They finished 15-50, which put the Warriors in last place in the NBA rankings.
However, optimism reigned, with Curry and Thompson planning to return healthy and lottery draws. The team had also added Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves to help the squad, which still had back and forth and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green.
Thompson’s injury is another unfortunate failure, as the shooter strives to return to the team and enjoy a long period of good health.
He had not missed more than nine games in the regular season before the 2019-20 campaign.
If Thompson’s injury spreads in the regular season, which begins Dec. 22, look for Curry and Wiggins to take on more responsibilities for use and scoring, with Damien Lee being a candidate for Thompson’s replacement in the starting lineup.