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Report: Klay Thompson to play in Game 4 of NBA Finals

2019 NBA Finals - Game One

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 30: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the third quarter during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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The Warriors took their decision on Klay Thompson (hamstring) nearly to tipoff before opting to sit him for Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Golden State explained its choice, not by saying he wasn’t healthy enough to play, but by noting the risk of him aggravating the injury.

That all points to Thompson playing Game 4, and apparently he will.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson will return for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, league sources told Yahoo Sports

One note of caution: Thompson reportedly pushed to play Game 3 while Warriors officials were reluctant. So, if this is coming from Thompson’s side, it might be overly optimistic.

But for all the reasons outlined above, it always seemed likely Thompson would return for Game 4. So, this report only supports the previously held prediction.

Golden State can badly use Thompson – his outside shooting, his perimeter defense. Stephen Curry was great in Game 3, but he needs more help.

The next big question: Will Kevin Durant also return?