Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will reportedly be given the all clear to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals which takes place at the Oracle Arena on Thursday.
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Thompson suffered from a concussion after Game 5 against the Houston Rockets last week, as he took a knee to the head from Trevor Ariza. While it was initially diagnosed as a laceration to the ear, further tests revealed the extent of the problem.
However, he has received positive news this week as after reporting no headaches or lingering issues, he is expected to be given the all clear to play in Game 1.
Warriors G Klay Thompson (concussion) is not having headaches, feels good and expects to play in Game 1 of Finals on Thursday, source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 1, 2015
Given that he has had a full week to recover, Golden State would always have been confident that he would be able to feature without any issues.
The 25-year-old has played a key role for coach Steve Kerr this season and has averaged 19.7 points in 15 playoff games so far this year.
Along with Stephen Curry, the Warriors arguably boast the best back-court in the NBA, and with Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving struggling with foot and knee issues, that could be a key area in determining who prevails in the NBA Finals.
Nevertheless, it was a worrying time for Thompson and the Warriors as he would have had to pass all league protocol with regards to concussions before being cleared to play.
His absence would certainly have had a negative impact on the team on both ends of the floor, with neutrals hoping that both teams have a fully healthy roster for what should be a thrilling season finale.