Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has a high ankle sprain coupled with significant bruising. But he still hopes to play in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals. He’s received around-the-clock treatment to prepare him for the game.
Thompson suffered the ankle sprain in Game 1, when he collided with Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith in the first quarter. Smith undercut Thompson after appearing to slip just beforehand.
Thompson would leave the game and return in the second quarter. He finished the contest with 24 points, including shooting 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc.
But the ankle got worse overnight and gave him significant trouble on Saturday. Reporters noted that Thompson was walking with a noticeable limp during the media day. He’s now listed as questionable on the injury report heading into Game 2.
Thompson “Pissed Off” After Injury
Klay Thompson is even less happy after watching replays of how his injury occurred.
“From watching that replay, it pissed me off,” he said. “That’s a tough play on the ball, and then just to tumble into somebody’s legs like that. You’ve got to move past it, but it’s just life, and I’m going to be better from it. It’s just a minor setback. But I don’t think it was intentional.”
Thompson went on to say that Smith apologized about the play. But he also seems mad about how everything went down.
“He was remorseful, so I don’t think he meant to do it. It just sucks. It’s a part of the game. It just sucks from the timing, during the Finals,” he explained.
“But no one’s going to feel sorry for us or me. So I’ve just got to do everything I possibly can these next 24 hours to be right for tomorrow.”
Thompson Optimistic about Game 2
Odds are that Klay Thompson will take the court at some point in Game 2. He’s hoping that it’ll loosen up by game time on Sunday night.
“Yeah, once you stop playing and you slow down and you’re not out there with the adrenaline, it’s naturally going to swell up a little bit,” said Thompson.
“If you don’t move as much as you were, it’s going to stiffen up. So just got to keep it loose at this point. Yeah, just trying to do everything I can to minimize that swelling. … I’m still optimistic for tomorrow, and I’m going to do everything I can today and tonight to get right.”
Smith Defends Play
While J.R. Smith was remorseful for the play, he also explained that it was a legitimate steal attempt.
“I was just trying to go for the ball,” he said. “It looked like an opportunity for me to get a steal. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I fouled him. They called the foul. I don’t know what more he was looking for.”
Iguodala Doubtful for Game 2
Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala is almost guaranteed to miss Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Iguodala has a bone bruise in his left leg and has missed five straight playoff games already.
If Thompson also misses the game, Golden State will be down yet another player when trying to defend LeBron James. The latter scored a career-high 51 points on 19-of-32 shooting. Most of these points (30) came against Kevin Durant. But they also used a combination of Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney to try and slow James.
“It’s a task for anyone, first off,” Green said. “And secondly, we’re going to play our brand of defense and figure it out from there.”
Cavs Warriors Odds for Game 2
Our GTBets odds have the Warriors at -11.5 on the spread and -658 on the moneyline. These odds are likely to drop even more if Thompson can’t play. But again, he’s listed as questionable and is optimistic that he can play.
Cleveland is listed at +11.5 on the spread and +472 on the moneyline. The game tips off at 8:00pm on Sunday night (June 3).