MANILA, Philippines – In an inspired Game 6 night supposedly dedicated for Kevin Durant, the spotlight quickly turned to Klay Thompson as he went down with a knee injury and did not return.
Thompson, who was on fire with 30 points in just 3 quarters of play, was forced to watch from the locker room as the Toronto Raptors put the Golden State Warriors out of their misery with a championship-clinching Game 6 win.
As it turns out, the famed Splash Brother suffered a torn ACL, as confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Like Durant, Thompson is now looking at almost a year out of the game as he starts a grueling rehabilitation process.
During a hard drive at the 2:22 mark of the 3rd quarter, Thompson landed awkwardly on his left knee after getting fouled and was slow to get up.
Although he bit back the pain, turned back from the tunnel and drained his final two free throws, that would be the last the Warriors fans saw of their All-Star guard.
While Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala stepped up amid yet another huge absence among their ranks, it was clearly too much to handle as Toronto seized control and eventually, the Larry O’Brien trophy.
After Thompson’s 30-point eruption, Iguodala followed suit with 22 markers while Green did everything he possibly could with an 11-point, 19-rebound, 13-assist triple-double rounded out with 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Stephen Curry, meanwhile, quietly dropped 21 points and 7 assists in the dynasty-ending defeat.
With the loss, the Warriors ended their three-peat title bid in the worst possible way just two days after absorbing the gravity of Durant’s Achilles tear.
Their front office must now make tough decisions in the off-season as Durant, Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins will all be hot targets in the free agent market. – Rappler.com