There is good news for the Golden State Warriors three days before the start of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Shooter Klay Thompson has been cleared for practice and joined the team’s training session on Monday.
"I expect to be [cleared]," Thompson said to reporters after the Warriors’ practice. "I feel like I'm well on my way there."
In the final game of their best-of-seven Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Thompson took a knee to his head from Rockets forward Trevor Ariza that caused bleeding near one of Thompson's ears. He also experienced concussion-like symptoms after the game.
The Warriors finished off the Rockets in just five games -- so the extra rest has been vital for Thompson, who will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Thompson appears to have recovered from the injury but still need doctors to give him an OK to participate in Thursday's Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals, in Oakland, California.
Thompson, who averages 19.7 points with three 3-pointers made in this postseason, is considered one of the vital cogs in the Warriors’ offense. Defensively, his number is expected to be called as well in trying to stop Cleveland's LeBron James.
Thompson’s numbers have slightly dipped since averaging 25 points in a sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans in the opening round of the playoffs. Against the Memphis Grizzlies in the West semis and the Rockets in the West finals, the three-year forward averaged 17.8 points per game. Thompson has recorded double-figure scoring in all of his 15 postseason games this year.