After experiencing concussion-like symptoms after a recent injury, Klay Thompson has been cleared by doctors and will suit up for the Golden State Warriors in Thursday's opening game of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors shooter, who already rejoined team practices earlier in the week, took a knee to the head from Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza in Game 5 of their previous series.
Thompson bled from an ear area after the incident and missed the rest of the game playing just 22 minutes. He still finished with 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point area before leaving. "I feel great, honestly. These last few days I feel like I've gotten my wind back, and tomorrow's the final tuneup. Just trying to stop the nerves and anxiousness,” Thompson said via ESPN. "I'm just trying to do everything to get prepared. They do have my best interests, so that's how I look at it."
The one week of rest -- thanks to both conference finals finishing early -- gave the 25-year-old Thompson extra time in recovering from the injury.
Thompson is seen as a key cog for the Warriors in this postseason, where the three-year forward has scored in double-figures in all 15 playoff games. Thompson’s best game of the postseason came in the opening round sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans when he scored 28 points on 6-of-12 shooting from behind the arc in Game 3.
In related Warriors injury news, the team is also set to get back big man Marreese Speights for the 2015 NBA Finals. The veteran center-power forward suffered from a calf injury in the series against the Memphis Grizzlies but is reportedly ready to suit up for the Warriors on Thursday.