Klay Thompson: Injury ‘Didn’t Affect Me’ in Warriors’ Game 4 Loss vs. Raptors

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball in front of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said there were no lingering effects from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals during the Dubs’ 105-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 on Friday night.

“It didn’t affect me,” Thompson told reporters. “Like I said before, it’s the Finals. It’s a long season. You play 100-plus games, you’re going to be banged up. But you just got to dig deep. No one’s going to feel sorry for you, so you just got to go out there, man up and play to the best of your ability.”

Kawhi Leonard, who scored a game-high 36 points Friday, and the Raptors now hold a 3-1 advantage in the championship series, putting them within one victory of the franchise’s first NBA title.

Thompson didn’t look all the way back to full strength in Game 4, but he still put together a strong performance for the banged-up Warriors. He tallied 28 points on the strength of six three-pointers to go along with three rebounds and two assists in 42 minutes.

“Klay was amazing,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “With a tweaked hamstring, to do what he did. [Kevon] Looney as well, coming in and playing 20 minutes, given his injury status. So both those guys are—they’re warriors. No pun intended. They just compete, compete, compete, and I’m really proud of both of them.”

Although Thompson, Looney and prized free-agent signing DeMarcus Cousins are all playing through injuries, Golden State remains without two-time defending NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

The 10-time All-Star suffered a calf injury May 8 during Game 5 of the team’s clash with the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals, and he’s remained sidelined ever since.

It’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Warriors are able to win the next three games without getting contributions from Durant. Leonard is dominating the series, and Golden State hasn’t had enough firepower to keep pace, especially with so many key players at less than 100 percent.

Thompson and Splash Brothers backcourt mate Stephen Curry combined for 55 points Friday night, and the Dubs still lost by 13 after allowing 37 points in the third quarter.

Toronto’s first chance to close out the series comes Monday night, when they return home to Scotiabank Arena for Game 5. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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