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Klay Thompson Out Indefinitely with Concussion

A game after Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry suffered a head injury after a nasty fall, Klay Thompson suffered a concussion after getting kneed in the head by Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ series-clinching Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets:

The Warriors officially announced the concussion diagnosis on Friday and said Thompson is out indefinitely.

Thompson went immediately to the locker room after the knee to the head and was initially diagnosed with an ear laceration after passing concussion protocol. He tried to return to the game but began bleeding from his right ear. The sharpshooter returned to the locker room to receive stitches, and he didn’t return to the game after that as the Warriors put the game away.

After the game, Thompson began experiencing concussion-like symptoms:

Because of this, Thompson must pass concussion protocol before he can step back on the court. He must be cleared by the Warriors’ team physician, who will consult with the director of the NBA’s concussion program. To pass protocol, he must show no symptoms at rest and then be asymptomatic at each step of the protocol, which involves increasing levels of exertion.

The good news for Thompson is that the NBA Finals don’t start until June 4, so he has plenty of time to pass the protocol.

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