Kerr recalls Klay's reaction to ACL injury in 2019 Finals


It was a moment that forever altered the Warriors' franchise history. Klay Thompson's ACL injury completely turned the tide of Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, as the Warriors' 3-point lead evaporated after the Splash Brother went down, and the Toronto Raptors clinched the title later that night.

With the Warriors facing the Raptors on Sunday night, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke asked head coach Steve Kerr about the moments immediately following Thompson's injury in that decisive Game 6.

"It was such a dramatic moment, it was a terrible moment," Kerr told reporters pregame. "I think we all feared just from the way he landed on the floor that it was pretty serious. So I remember, I went out, I think we took a foul right after the free throws, and I went out onto the court and told him, I said 'Klay, you've gotta get it checked out.' He said 'I'm fine coach, I'm fine.' And I said 'No. go in, go in and let our doctors make sure you're OK.'

"And he said 'OK, but I'll be fine, I'll be back. Gimme two minutes, I'll be back,' and that was from a guy with a torn ACL. He goes and knocks down the free throws, and then of course, he hasn't been on the court since for us.

"It's just been such a terrible run of luck for Klay, and for a guy who loves to play as much as anybody I've ever met, it's been just awful to witness. So, we've been in touch, we've texted quite a bit, he seems to be in pretty good spirits, and I'm excited to see him progress through the rehab."

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Thompson was hoping to be back on the court with his Warriors teammates for the 2020-21 regular season, but a torn Achilles in November pushed those plans back a year.

There won't be many more-anticipated games in the NBA next season than whenever Thompson finally can make his long-awaited return to the court.

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