The Warriors have struggled with injuries as they make a run to defend their title in the NBA Finals, but there is some good news for Golden State.
Klay Thompson, who has been dealing with a strained hamstring, is expected to play in Game 4 after sitting out Wednesday’s 123-109 loss, according to The Athletic. Thompson was considered a game-time decision for Game 3. He initially 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, evening the series at 1-1.
“The whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters. “So that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it. Never would have forgiven myself if I played him tonight and he had gotten hurt. So you live with the decision you make, you make a wise decision, the wisest one you can, and then you live with it and move forward.
“So the good thing is, Klay has done well the last two days; now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully he’ll be out there on Friday.”
“Hopefully he’ll be out there Friday.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 6, 2019
Meanwhile, Kerr said the status of Kevin Durant remains unknown, according to The Athletic, though “the Warriors are cautiously optimistic that Durant also will make his return for Game 4,” ESPN reports. The star forward hasn’t played since straining his calf in Game 5 of Golden State’s second-round series against the Rockets.
Kerr said before Wednesday’s game that Durant is on track to participate in 3-on-3 scrimmages on Thursday and that he has been progressing well through his workouts.
“We probably won’t practice, practice as a team, tomorrow,” Kerr said. “It will be a film session and a walk-through. So if possible, we’ll get him together with some of our young guys, maybe a few of our coaches, and try to get him out on the floor. That would be the next step.”
With Wednesday’s loss, the Warriors fell behind 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for Friday at 9 p.m. ET (ABC) at Oracle Arena.