Dr. Skip Bayless Has Logged On to Diagnose Klay Thompson

Carrie Guzman
June 14, 2019

Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was a casualty of Game 6 after he left the contest earlier than expected no thanks to a torn ACL. Thompson came down hard and immediately grabbed the knee while writhing on the floor in pain.

Thompson shooting the free throws seems unnecessary in hindsight, but in the moment, the five-time All-Star had plans to finish out the game.

Toronto went on to close out the Warriors with a 114-110 victory to earn its first championship in franchise history.

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Thompson was helped off the court, then returned briefly to shoot a pair of free throws before limping back off. So instead, he came back out onto the floor to a enormous ovation and nailed both shots from the charity stripe. Both players are expected to become free agents. "MVP!" The Warriors fouled on the ensuing possession to get him back to the locker room to be checked out by the team's medical staff.

Thursday night's scene was eerily reminiscent of the scene surrounding Durant's injury.

"I expect our fans to be the loudest they have ever been, especially in the name of Kevin and bringing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the competitiveness", Klay Thompson said at the podium, booming his voice in a way he rarely does.

If you're thinking, hey this is pretty reckless speculation, you may not be surprised to learn Thompson left the arena with crutches just a few minutes after the aspiring medicine man weighed in.

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