Thompson made his long-awaited return to the court on Sunday night, scoring 17 points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing out one assist, and blocking one shot in 20 minutes of action to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 96-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was his first appearance since sustaining a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. His recovery from the injury had been hampered by the rupture of his right Achilles tendon just weeks before he was scheduled to return in the 2020-21 season.
His first bucket in over two and a half years was a no-holds-barred, paint-driving floater with the hang-time and body adjustment of a player who had never left the country before. And the Warriors treated him as if he had never been away, allowing him to orchestrate their first two points of the game through the 31-year-old guard.
It is expected that Klay Thompson will be available for the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night in Wisconsin. The Warriors are expected to have Klay Thompson available for the game.
Thompson returned to the Warriors for the first time in more than two seasons earlier this week, and he will play in his third game of the season on Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings.
He is not listed as being injured for Thursday’s game (see tweet below from Anthony Slater of The Athletic).
Klay Thompson is not on the Warriors’ injury report tomorrow in Milwaukee, indicating that he will play against the Bucks and rest on Friday night in Chicago against the Bulls.
Slater wrote in his tweet.
In 40 games, the Warriors have compiled a 30-10 record, good enough for second place in the Western Conference at the moment.
They won Thompson’s return game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at home, but they were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night in Tennessee.
After missing the first two games of his return, Thompson is averaging 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in his first two games back.