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Warriors' Klay Thompson sidelined until at least All-Star break

By Sports Desk September 30, 2019

Klay Thompson's long road to recovery will extend until at least the NBA All-Star break, the Golden State Warriors announced.

Thompson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in game of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, who triumphed.

Golden State general manager Bob Myers spoke with media on Monday and told reporters: "He's doing fine.

"We'll have another update on him probably around the All-Star break. Don't construe that as if we think he'll be back by the All-Star break — that just means we'll have an update then."

The Warriors expressed optimism that Thompson will play at some point in the upcoming season.

The five-time All-Star will be entering his eighth season with the Warriors and is taking a true team approach.

"I'm going to do what the team says," Thompson said. "And I've done my due diligence on rehabs and ACL injuries, and the last thing you want to do is rush back, especially for a player like me who wants to play until he's in his late 30s.

"I want to play at a high level until that point, too. As much as it kills me not to be on the court, patience is a virtue, and rushing back would be not very smart."

Thompson had scored a game-high 30 points before being forced to leave the Game 6 contest against the Raptors, living up to the lethal "Game 6 Klay" persona he has taken on in recent years during the postseason.

The Warriors went on to lose Game 6 as the Raptors claimed their first championship.

Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and shot 40.2 per cent from beyond the arc in 2018-19.

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