Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors will miss tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics due to a sprained ankle sustained late in the game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
Thompson, Stephen Curry’s Brother in Splash, is averaging 18.2 points and 3.1 threes per game and is a vital part of the Warriors offense. He’s a knock-down three-point shooter at 44.2 percent on the season. He also usually takes the toughest guard assignment, allowing for Curry to have an easier time on defense.
According to NBA.com/Stats, Curry is “only” shooting 59.3 percent true shooting percentage without Thompson this year (as opposed to 75.4 percent with him. However, Curry does average 51.6 points per 48 minutes without his brother.
It is the second game Thompson will miss this year. The first game went to overtime, but the Warriors managed to beat the Brooklyn Nets at home. Thompson missed five games last season, and the Warriors were 3-2 in those contests.
Ordinarily this wouldn’t be a big deal, but with the Warriors currently holding onto the second-longest win streak in NBA history, it becomes bigger.
Ethan Sherwood Straus of ESPN.com reports:
At shootaround on Friday, interim coach Luke Walton said of Thompson: “We’re not going to push him, so obviously he wouldn’t do shootaround today. He had a little bit of pain with some of the movements.”
“It is the team’s call, and if it’s not 100 percent Friday, I might have to sit out because we have such a quick turnaround,” Thompson said Thursday of the team’s decision. “I want to finish the trip on a high note in Milwaukee.”
Exacerbating the situation is the Warriors are also without their other starting wing, Harrison Barnes, though they still have Andre Iguodala, last year’s Finals MVP, coming off the bench.
The streak may be in peril…or Curry may just pop for 50 and that’s the end of it.