Thursday, 23 May 2024

Thompson (Hamstring) Questionable for Game 3; Looney Out Indefinitely

The Golden State Warriors are facing some injury concerns heading into Game 3 of The Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Guard Klay Thompson has a mild strain in his left hamstring, which forced him out of Game 2. He is now listed as questionable for Game 3. The team also announced that backup forward/center Kevon Looney suffered a non-displaced cartilage fracture on the right side of his rib cage and is out indefinitely. These injuries have a significant impact on the Warriors’ lineup and rotation.

Thompson underwent an MRI in Oakland, which revealed “left hamstring tightness.” While he believes the injury is minor, his availability for Game 3 remains uncertain. Thompson has been a key contributor for the Warriors this postseason, averaging 19.5 points and playing a vital role in the two finals games.

Looney, on the other hand, missed the second half of Game 2 due to his injury. He has been providing crucial minutes off the bench, averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds during the playoffs. Looney’s absence will certainly be felt in the Warriors’ frontcourt rotation.

The Warriors will have to make adjustments to fill the void left by these injuries. Coach Steve Kerr mentioned that veteran center Andrew Bogut will likely play a more significant role as the new backup to Game 2’s starting center, DeMarcus Cousins. The team will need contributions from other players to compensate for the absence of Thompson and Looney.

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Additionally, the Warriors are still waiting for the return of star forward Kevin Durant. Durant has missed the last seven playoff games due to a strained right calf. There are expectations that he may make his comeback in Game 3 or Game 4 of The Finals. However, Durant has yet to participate in a formal practice, which is a necessary step before he can be cleared to play. The team hopes to see him fully participate in practice soon to determine his availability.

These injuries present significant challenges for the Warriors as they try to regain control of the series. However, the team has a “next-man-up” mentality, with players like Quinn Cook stepping up to contribute when needed. The Warriors will need everyone to step up their game and make the most out of every possession to overcome these obstacles.