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Klay Thompson improved, will play; Andre Iguodala out for Warriors

Klay Thompson

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) gestures after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


OAKLAND — Saturday, Klay Thompson said he was “optimistic” he could play through a high ankle sprain but sounded unsure.

Sunday he’s improved and coach Steve Kerr said pregame he was “hopeful” Thompson would suit up and play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Which is code for saying Thompson is going to play if he can walk. Officially, Thompson was going to warm up then make his decision.

“Klay will warm up and we’ll see,” Kerr said. “He was doing better this morning when he checked in with the training staff, so I’m hopeful that he’ll play.”

His hope was well placed, it was later announced Thompson will play.

The question is how well Thompson moves once he does get out on the court during the game — expect LeBron James and the Cavaliers to test Thompson early. If he’s not the same, the Cavaliers will hunt him with isolations.

As it has been for a while, Andre Iguodala remains out.

Kerr said he is hopeful that Iguodala can play before this series is over, that the veteran swingman — and one of the Warriors primary defenders on LeBron — is improving. In the meantime, Iguodala is still contributing.

“He came into the huddle the other night in Game 1 with a great suggestion that we went with, and it worked,” Kerr said. “Andre knows the game as well as anybody, and I always welcome his input. He’s been a great mentor for the younger guys in this group the last few years. He’s doing everything he can while he’s on the sidelines to help us out.”