Klay set to play first back-to-back games since 2019


Klay Thompson will play in his first back-to-back set of games in nearly four years.

Thompson was not listed on the Warriors’ injury report Tuesday, an indication that he will suit up in the tilt against the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena.

The 33-year-old tallied 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting in the Warriors' 135-126 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Thompson has rested on the second night of all 11 back-to-backs for the Warriors this season.

He hasn't played games on back-to-back nights since April 2019.

"Huge milestone," Thompson said Monday of potentially playing again Tuesday night. "Even more fun to do in front of family [in Los Angeles]. I spent so many great moments in that building with my dad and my brothers and my mother. I'm just excited to get down there and play in front of them.

"It's a dream."

In his last back-to-back effort, Thompson scored 11 points against the Lakers on April 4, 2019, and another 11 points the following night at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Two months later, Thompson suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. He missed the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from that injury, only to suffer a torn left Achilles right before the start of the 2020-21 campaign and miss that whole year as well.

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In December, Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated it was a possibility that Thompson could play in a back-to-back set at some point this season.


Thompson's moment will arrive Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the Warriors' last tilt before resting for nine days between games on the All-Star break.

Andrew Wiggins, however, will miss the clash against the Clippers due to personal reasons.

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