Klay Thompson ruled out for NBA Finals Game 6 after left knee injury

Klay Thompson ruled out for NBA Finals Game 6 after left knee injury

Oracle Arena held its collective breath during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night when Warriors star Klay Thompson injured his left knee.

Thompson landed awkwardly after Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green fouled him on a layup attempt, and he needed to be helped off the court. According to his agent, Thompson tore his left ACL on the play, but he still returned to make his two free throws.

Had he not gone back to the line, Thompson wouldn't have been able to return to the game.

After DeMarcus Cousins intentionally fouled Pascal Siakam on the ensuing inbound, Thompson begrudgingly checked out of the game and returned to the locker room. Then, in the fourth quarter, the Warriors announced the sharpshooter would not return.

Thompson later left the Warriors' locker room on crutches. 

The 29-year-old -- who had not missed a playoff game before Game 3 of The Finals last week -- became "Game 6 Klay" again before his injury. Thompson scored 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4 of 6 3-pointers, pacing the Warriors before the injury in the third 30-point Game 6 of his career.

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

If you haven't been paying attention to any progression photos for the new Chase Center, that's OK -- some people just want to be surprised when the Oct. 24 home opener comes around.

This post isn't for those people.

A photo recently surfaced to show that the new home of the Warriors is coming together nicely:

(r/Warriors posted by u/jball828)

Chase Center recently just added an outdoor video board and the word "huge" doesn't do it justice -- it covers an entire portion of the building.

And some internal views:

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A preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers will be played in the San Francisco arena Oct. 5.

The Warriors will host Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in the regular-season home opener Oct. 24. 

DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury has Draymond Green 'at a loss for words'


DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury has Draymond Green 'at a loss for words'

The emotion Draymond Green felt when he heard former Warriors teammate DeMarcus Cousins had torn his left ACL likely is the same emotion you felt Thursday morning.

"Really just sadness," Green told ESPN's Marc J. Spears

Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, and he was looking to bounce back after he ruptured Achilles in Feb. 2018 and tore a quad muscle in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round NBA playoff series against the Clippers in April.

Instead, Cousins is looking at missing a full season as he recovers from another devastating injury.

"One of my goals coming into this season was for DeMarcus to just destroy everybody," Green told Spears. "And come back and show how great of a player he really is and get what I think he deserves. Obviously to have this injury ... I'm really at a loss for words about it. It's one that really hurt me for sure."

As Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday, the NBA is a small community. Green and Cousins are brothers. Just last week, the two players, along with Wizards guard John Wall and Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe, crashed a pick-up basketball game in the Bahamas.

"I saw DeMarcus last week, looking very slim [and] in shape," Green told Spears. "I said, 'Wow, you're like Kentucky Boogie!' Just to see the work that he's been putting in and obviously to have this injury, like ... like what's next? You go through that same process again, eventually it becomes tedious. Obviously wishing him all the best, and [I will] offer all the support that I can."

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Cousins made it back from both the Achilles and quad injuries, but he's got a long road ahead of him now. Three serious leg injuries in 18 months is crushing. But Green believes Cousins' background will help him overcome this battle.

"He made it out of Mobile, Alabama," Green said. "The NBA is tough. It's very tough to get to. It's very tough to stay in. But he made it out of Mobile, Alabama. If he can do that, he can do anything."