Klay Thompson will not be on the floor Wednesday.
The 29-year-old star, who is dealing with a strained hamstring, has been ruled out for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, the team announced.
Klay Thompson is OUT tonight, per Warriors
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 6, 2019
Thompson had been lobbying to play, according to an earlier report from ESPN.
Reporting with @ramonashelburne: Golden State officials prefer Klay Thompson sit out Game 3 to protect his sore hamstring for the rest of NBA Finals, but Thompson has continued to lobby them on playing tonight. Decision looms prior to tip.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2019
“Obviously I would do anything I can to be out there, but it’s all in (the training staff’s) hands,” Thompson told reporters one day before the game. “If there’s any pain, it will be a no-go just because of the position we’re in. This could be a longer series, so there’s no point in trying to go out there and re-aggravate it and potentially keep myself out of the whole entire finals instead of just one game.”
Thompson suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 after he landed awkwardly while attempting a 3-pointer. The Warriors went on to win that matchup 109-104, which evened the series at 1-1.
Klay Thompson limped off the floor and into the locker room with an apparent leg injury after landing awkwardly on a shot attempt. pic.twitter.com/SNT3dEe5U9
— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 2019
“I don’t think anyone is 100% healthy on both teams,” Thompson said Tuesday. “But like I said before, you just have to, as cliché as it is, dig deep and realize we have months to rest after this and recover. For me, it’s just about doing everything I can up until tipoff (Wednesday) to be able to go because I hate missing games. I really do.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant has not played since straining his calf in Game 5 of Golden State’s second-round series against the Rockets.
The Warriors are trying to win their third consecutive championship and fourth in five years.