Steph Curry scored 47 points in Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals, but he surely missed his fellow Splash Brother in the Warriors’ 123-109 loss to the Raptors.
Good news for Curry and the rest of the Warriors: Klay Thompson will play in Friday’s Game 4, Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported on Thursday morning. Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed that plan to the media Thursday afternoon.
“Klay will plan on playing tomorrow. So we expect him to play, barring something unforeseen. He’s continued to improve and so that’s good news.”
The sharpshooter missed Game 3 after sustaining a hamstring injury in Game 2.
“Well, the whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday night. “So, that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it.
“Never would have forgiven myself if I played him tonight and he had gotten hurt. So, you live with the decision you make, you make a wise decision, the wisest one you can, and then you live with it and move forward. So, the good thing is Klay has done well the last two days. Now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully, he’ll be out there on Friday.”
Thompson lobbied to play and was in full uniform on the bench. The Warriors ultimately decided to keep him out, though.
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This was the first playoff game Thompson missed in his career, as he’d played in all 120 of the Warriors’ postseason games over the last seven seasons.
With the Warriors now in a two-games-to-one deficit in the Finals, Thompson’s return — and possibly Kevin Durant’s — will be key for the Warriors to even the series.
Game 1 (at Toronto): Thursday, May 30, 9 p.m.
Game 2 (at Toronto): Sunday, June 2, 8 p.m.
Game 3 (at Golden State): Wednesday, June 5, 9 p.m.
Game 4 (at Golden State): Friday, June 7, 9 p.m.
Game 5 (at Toronto): Monday, June 10, 9 p.m.
Game 6 (at Golden State): Thursday, June 13, 9 p.m.
Game 7 (at Toronto): Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m.