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Report: Warriors want Klay Thompson to sit Game 3; he’s pushing to play

2019 NBA Finals - Game Two

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 02: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors is defended by Danny Green #14 of the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Klay Thompson oversimplified his hamstring injury entering Game 3 of the NBA Finals: “If there’s any pain, it will be a no-go just because of the position we’re in. This could be a longer series, so there’s no point in trying to go out there and re-aggravate it and potentially keep myself out of the whole entire Finals instead of just one game.”

Of course Thompson can play through some pain. The big question: How much? Because the risk of re-aggravation is very real, and if Thompson favors his left leg, that increases his vulnerability.

Apparently, Thompson remains in a gray area.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Thompson is tough and competitive. Of course he wants to play.

But with Kevin Durant also out for Game 3, the Warriors might just not push too hard tonight. They’ll have better chances later in the series.

Still, even if Thompson is sidelined, don’t write off Golden State tonight. Steph & Depth can work, though the Warriors losing another star would obviously improve the Raptors’ odds.