OAKLAND – Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the Warriors won the Western Conference championship on Wednesday.
Thompson left the game in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 104-90 win after being kneed in the head by the Rockets’ Trevor Ariza and received stitches for an ear laceration, according to coach Steve Kerr. The team later announced he had been put through a concussion evaluation during the game and began not to feel well after the game.
Thompson was kneed with 9:31 left after Ariza left his feet only to catch the side of the head on the way down to the ground.
“He is a good shooter, so you don’t want to give him any open 3-pointers,” Ariza said. “I was just trying to run and contest it. He happened to be leaning forward, and my knee hit him in the face.”
The Warriors will have seven days off before Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on June 4.
NEW YORK – Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted that he was “envious” of Stephen Curry and that when he thinks back to going down to his teammate in the Three-Point Contest, he’ll be “a little ticked.”
Thompson is that confident in his shot and was bothered he didn’t come through with a golden opportunity to top Curry at Barclays Center on Saturday.
And Thompson, who afterward tweeted Curry is the “greatest shooter in the history of the game,” wants his rematch in the contest.
“I’ll be back, and hopefully against Steph,” Thompson told reporters.” He got me this year, man, but I’m looking forward to getting him.”
Warriors guard Klay Thompson said after Wednesday’s game it would be last one wearing Nike shoes.
That’s because Thompson is on the verge of beginning his new shoe deal with Anta, moving on with a Chinese company looking to make a dent in the market. Thompson is scheduled to hold a press conference today in New York in advance of All-Star weekend to announce a “major brand partnership.”
What would a deal with Anta look like? Pictured above is one of the variety of personalized shoes that Thompson will wear, featuring his No. 11.
Thompson’s press conference comes at the same time backcourt mate Stephen Curry is a few miles away in New York launching the sale of his signature shoe, the Curry One by Under Armour.
MINNEAPOLIS – Warriors guard Klay Thompson will join Stephen Curry in the All-Star starting lineup Sunday in New York, according to coach Steve Kerr.
The decision to have Thompson start was made by Kerr, who by virtue of the Warriors’ top record in the Western Conference was appointed to coach the All-Star squad. Houston’s James Harden was also named a starter, as Kerr needed replacements for injured players Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.
“I think it makes a lot of sense to start both Klay and Harden,” Kerr said. “They’re the two best shooting guards in the league this year I think, and they’ve both earned it.”
The Warriors will have two starters in the All-Star game for the first time since Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond were in the lineup in 1967.
“It’s an indication of how far we’ve come,” Kerr said.
Said Curry: “I think it’s kind of a cool deal to have Warriors representation and for Klay to start and have some fun.”
Kerr isn’t done making moves yet. He’ll have to make another decision on the lineup after New Orleans’ Anthony Davis announced he would forgo the All-Star game in order to rest his sprained shoulder.
Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Klay Thompson were the Warriors named Thursday to the initial 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team roster, giving USA Basketball the opportunity to select them to compete at major international competitions.
The Warriors’ four players were the most representing an NBA team in the fluid pool of 28 players from which rosters for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this summer and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be chosen. No other NBA team had more than two players on the initial roster.
USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski previously coached Curry on the 2010 USA World Championship team that finished first in Turkey. Curry at age 22 averaged 4.6 points to help the Americans win gold, and Krzyzewski indicated the player’s game works well on an international stage.
“He’s one of the great players in the league,” said Krzyzewski, who coached Curry’s brother, Seth, at Duke. “One of the unique players in the fact that he can play both guard positions because he’s such a terrific scorer. But he’s an easy guy to play with. Guys love him. He’s definitely not afraid. He’s having a sensational year.”
Iguodala was one of 11 players returning from the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, including two-time Olympic gold medalists Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. He was Curry’s teammate on the 2010 USA World Championship team.
Lee was previously named a member of the 2010-12 national team roster, but suffered a mallet finger injury during training camp in 2010 and was unable to continue his participation.
Thompson previously attended the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in July and was a part of the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the eventual Olympic gold medal team. He won a gold medal of his own playing for the 2009 USA U19 World Championship team.
CLEVELAND — He scored a game-high 29 points. He put up 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a shot clock-beating, nail-in-the-coffin 18-footer with 44.8 seconds left.
But the scoring star of the Warriors’ 105-95 victory here Tuesday night wasn’t who you might expect.
“It wasn’t my night,” guard Monta Ellis said. “It was David Lee’s.”
Ellis had one of his worst offensive performances of the season. He made just 2 of 12 from the field and finished with 10 points.
He left the game with 35.2 seconds left after taking an elbow to the nose from Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao. With the game was already decided, Ellis didn’t return. X-rays were negative as he suffered just a cut.
With Ellis having an off night, and point guard Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) in street clothes for the seventh consecutive game, the Warriors (5-8) still managed enough offense to outscore the Cavaliers.
You can thank Lee, who also had nine rebounds as Golden State won back-to-back games road games for the first time since November 2010.
Tuesday night continued a torrid stretch for Lee. Over his last five games, Lee is averaging 24.6 points on 64.3 percent shooting. He’s also averaging 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.