Golden State Warriors All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson is expected to return to action this Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It has been a long road to recovery for Thompson and the Warriors are excited to have him back in the lineup.
The return isn’t 100 percent set in stone. The Warriors are optimistic that Thompson plays this Sunday.
Klay Thompson Injury Timeline
Thompson first injured his ACL back in June of 2019. This injury happened during the 2019 NBA Finals. He landed awkwardly after Danny Green fouled him. This injury came at a pivotal time as the Warriors were currently up in the game and more importantly down 3-2 in the series. This allowed the Toronto Raptors to close them out and win the NBA Championship.
After this injury, Thompson worked hard to get back to the court. Unfortunately, he tore his achilles tendon during an offseason workout in November of 2020. That injury also required surgery and has kept him out until now.
The Warriors struggled for a while Thompson was out. That didn’t last long as they quickly reloaded. They are currently the number one seed in the Western Conference at 29-7. When Thompson returns the Warriors are likely to be the favorites to win the NBA title.
It will be interesting to see what the Warriors do with the lineup with the emergence of Jordan Poole. The 22-year-old has been spectacular and has helped the Warriors reestablish their greatness in the absence of Klay Thompson.
This could end up being the most dominant Warriors team of all time if Thompson can play anywhere near his previous level.
Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins feels that people are forgetting just how good Klay Thompson is. He called him a top 75 player All-Time.