Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
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Thompson left the game in the fourth quarter after accidentally being kneed in the head by Trevor Ariza, and after returning to the bench following treatment, blood was seen coming from a cut in his ear.
As expected, the Warriors star returned to the locker room to get it patched up but then spoke to the media after his team had secured their spot in the NBA Finals where they will face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 25-year-old admitted to “feeling a little dizzy” but insisted that he had passed the protocols in the immediate aftermath of the hit.
As per league rules, Thompson must pass the concussion protocol before he can return to play, although he does have time on his side as the Finals don’t get underway for another week with Game 1 being played on June 4.
Thompson finished the game with 20 points despite struggling with foul trouble, and he will now be monitored carefully to ensure that his condition doesn’t worsen and in turn Golden State will hope that he will be fully healthy to participate in the first game of what should be a thrilling end to the season.