2019 NBA Finals
2019 NBA Finals

Thompson slated for MRI on injured left hamstring

Warriors guard confident he will play Wednesday night in Game 3 of Finals

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Jun 3, 2019 7:46 AM ET

 

Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney both suffered injuries in Game 2 of The Finals.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson limped to the locker room in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Game 2 of The Finals with tightness in his left hamstring. However, the All-Star is scheduled for an MRI on Monday in Oakland and he sounds confident he will be OK to suit up for Game 3 on Wednesday (9 ET, ABC). 

Thompson won't be the only one undergoing tests, as forward/center Kevon Looney will have an MRI and CT scan Monday as well. Looney missed the second half of Game 2 with a chest or shoulder injury, finishing with a rebound, a turnover and three fouls in 10 minutes on Sunday night.   

Thompson landed awkwardly after a 3-point attempt with 10 minutes, 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He played for a few more minutes before subbing out with 7:59 left as Golden State salted away a 109-104 win that tied The Finals 1-1. 

 
Klay Thompson injures his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Game 2.

He then headed back to the locker room with some of the Warriors' training staff to be checked out. Per ESPN's Nick Friedell, Thompson walked out of Scotiabank Arena with a limp but sounded confident he would play in Game 3.

"Oh, yeah," said Thompson, when asked if he'd be all right.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Thompson indicated the injury wasn't serious, but wasn't sure about the All-Star sharpshooter's availability moving forward. After Wednesday's Game 3, Game 4 will be on Friday. 

"Klay said he'll be fine, but Klay could be half-dead and he'd say he's fine," Kerr said. "We'll see. He pulled his hamstring. He thinks it's minor, so I don't know what that means going forward. Sorry. That's all I got."

Looney left Game 2 because of what the team said was a chest contusion. After the game, Kerr said Looney exited because of "something with his shoulder." Overall, it is unclear exactly when Looney suffered his injury.

 
The Warriors toppled the Raptors to tie up The Finals, 1-1.

Additionally, veteran forward Andre Iguodala was shaken up in Game 2 as well after running into a screen by Raptors center Marc Gasol. Iguodala went to the locker room to be examined, but ultimately played 28 minutes and nailed the game-clinching 3-pointer with 7 seconds left. 

"It's just a mindset," Iguodala said, per ESPN. "Go play. I'm not saying it was smart, but you only got two weeks left, a week, whatever it is left. You just try to gut it out and see if you can't help the team.

"I got my head knocked off. It kind of woke me up a little bit."

The Warriors have played short-handed in The Finals, as they have been without star forward Kevin Durant. Last week, reports circulated that Durant is expected to return sometime midway through the series -- which could possibly mean Game 3 or Game 4.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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