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Klay Thompson walked back onto the court and made two free throws with a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and it sounds like he fully planned on going back in later.
After the game, head coach Steve Kerr said the shooting guard told him he needed just a “two-minute rest” before returning.
“Klay being Klay he just turned right around and came back and shot the free throws, we committed the automatic foul to get him out of the game,” Kerr said of Thompson coming back out of the tunnel to shoot his free throws. “He came back and he told me, ‘just two minutes.’ I think there were two minutes left in the third, he said ‘just a two minute rest I’ll be ready,’ and the next thing I heard he was done for the night.”
FULL COVERAGE: Klay Thompson suffers torn ACL in his left knee
Thompson suffered the injury after a hard foul from Danny Green, and had he not attempted the free throws, he would have been prohibited from returning, per NBA rules. The Warriors announced early in the fourth quarter that Thompson would not return, and he was later seen leaving the arena on crutches.
The Chronicle confirmed after the game Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Thompson’s “rehab could take him into February or March” of the 2019-2020 season.
Thompson will become a free agent this summer, along with teammate Kevin Durant who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Wojnarowski reported that Durant is likely to miss the entire 2019-2020 season.
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