After getting a knee to his head, with blood flowing from an ear afterward, Klay Thompson is reportedly recovering well from the injury and should be ready in time for the 2015 NBA Finals. His Golden State Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a best-of-seven series scheduled to begin June 4.
According to Thompson’s father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson, the Warriors forward is on his way to full recovery and is looking forward to returning to the court soon. "He's looking like his old self, he has a healthy appetite again and that's always a good sign," the elder Thompson told the San Jose Mercury News. "He's looking forward to getting back to work as soon as possible."
The injury provided a scare to the Warriors and their fans as it caused Thompson headaches and vomiting -- concussion-like symptoms. But recent tests showed no signs of the neurological condition. Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, confirmed the news via USA Today Sports.
Thompson's injury happened during Game 5 of the Warriors’ best-of-seven series against the Houston Rockets. On that particular play, Thompson faked a shot from the three-point line and got Rockets forward Trevor Ariza to leap in the air. Ariza, while in flight, hit Thompson on the right side of his face.
Thompson is considered one of the key Warriors on both offense and defense. The three-year wingman averages 19.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Thompson is half of the “Splash Brothers” duo along with Stephen Curry, and averages 2.5 three-pointers per game in the 2015 postseason. Against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, he’s expected to be one of the primary defenders against LeBron James.