OAKLAND - Fewer than 24 hours before the Warriors begin the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets, Golden State faces uncertainty as both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are questionable for Game 1 Sunday afternoon with ankle injuries.
"He's okay," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said when asked about Thompson's status Saturday afternoon. "He and Steph both came in this morning to get some treatment but I haven't even spoken with [Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini] today."
While Curry - who rolled his ankle in of Friday's 129-110 Game 6 victory against the Clippers - finished the game, Thompson left in the third quarter and had a very noticeable limp as he walked out of Staples Center on Friday night.
Throughout his career, Thompson has been a model of consistency. He missed just one game during the first three years of his NBA career and has never played fewer than 73 games in a season. In Game 1 of last year's NBA Finals, Thompson went down with what looked to be a significant ankle sprain after colliding with Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith. He didn't miss any games, though. and helped the Warriors to their second straight title.
Following Friday's win, Thompson said he "fully anticipated" to play in Game 1. Still, Kerr wasn't willing to make a declaration, either way, Saturday afternoon.
"I'm not going to make a definitive statement on if they're going to play, so let's just call it questionable," Kerr said. "There's nothing implied there. It's just they both got in and got some work, and we'll see how they're doing tomorrow."
Steve Kerr said both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are questionable for Game 1.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) April 27, 2019
When asked about @ThompsonScribe’s report that Klay’s ankle was ‘pretty bad’ Kerr joked that reporters have better sources than he does. pic.twitter.com/ABDTgihtUD
Minutes before Kerr began his media availability, The Athletic's Marcus Thompson reported that Thompson's injury was "pretty bad" and could keep him out of Game 1 and beyond. When asked about the report, Kerr acknowledged the severity of the injury, but wouldn't divulge anything further.
"I love when reports come out that I don't even know," Kerr joked. "The reports are - they have better sources than I do. But it was a significant sprain last night, he was limping so, as I said, we'll see how he's doing tomorrow."