When the Golden State Warriors attempt to improve on their 24-0 record against the Milwaukee Bucks, they may do so with guard Klay Thompson back in the lineup after missing Friday’s win over the Celtics in Boston.
The defending NBA champs close out their seven-game home stand with the second of back-to-backs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday night and Thompson is officially listed as questionable.
Thompson rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 131-123 win in Indiana, which tied the second-best winning streak in league history (27). Before leaving the game, Thompson had a game-high 39 points on 13-of-21 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists.
Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father and current color commentator for Lakers radio broadcasts, thinks his son is going to play, according to his radio partner John Ireland.
Following the game, Thompson told reporters “it’s probably going to be sore for a couple days but I should be back in no time.” He eventually felt pain in practice on Thursday, according to interim coach Luke Walton, causing the Warriors to take it slow with their starting shooting guard.
With two starters in Thompson and the injured Harrison Barnes (left ankle), the Warriors emerged with a 124-119 win in double-overtime over Boston on Friday night. After it took 50 minutes of basketball to beat the Celtics, it’s only fair to wonder how much Golden State will have left in the tank on Saturday. Having Thompson back could ease the load on the rest of the rotation that saw tons of action on Friday.
On the season, Thompson is averaging 18.2 points per game on 46.5 percent shooting in 31.6 minutes of floor time. A win on Saturday would make Golden State the first team in NBA history to sweep a seven-game road trip.