Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will be available to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2015 after clearing the NBA’s concussion protocol.
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Thompson had been ruled out indefinitely after taking a knee to the side of his head in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets last month.
While it was initially diagnosed as a laceration to his ear before he returned to the game, Thompson came back out and was assessed again after the game which revealed that he had suffered from a concussion.
The 25-year-old has since returned to practice and cleared all relevant protocols after insisting that he feels better, and he has now been cleared to play in the series opener at the Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
“I feel great honestly,” Thompson said, ESPN report.
“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.”
Coach Steve Kerr insisted that he has done everything and looks great in practice, and so his return will certainly be a welcome boost for the franchise as they look to win their first championship since 1975.
The Warriors are the favourites to win the season finale this year, although they will undoubtedly have their hands full against the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James searching for a third title of his career.
Nevertheless, having Thompson back is significant as the Warriors back-court is arguably their biggest strength and along with point guard and MVP Stephen Curry, Kerr will hope that the ‘Splash Bros’ are as influential in the next potentially seven games as they have been all season long.