Warriors fans finally got a chance to see Klay Thompson make a basket during a game at Chase Center on Monday night.
Even though he did it in a walking boot while wearing a jacket, T-shirt and slacks, it was somewhat comforting seeing Thompson spin in a reverse layup during a timeout in the Warriors’ 130-108 victory over Minnesota.
Klay with the bucket. Nothing else matters. pic.twitter.com/ZrCqWUc2wS
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) January 26, 2021
It just might have been the first time Thompson has even attempted a shot during a Warriors home game since Chase opened nearly a year and a half ago.
It’s been a long time since Thompson has actually played in a game — 593 days, to be exact, since he hobbled off the court with a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland. And it’s been just over two months since Thompson suffered another devastating, season-ending injury when he tore his Achilles tendon while working out.
Thompson has been showing up to recent Warriors home games, making it easier to remember how much he’s been missed. But that doesn’t mean Klay doesn’t still get overlooked a bit while he’s on the bench.
Steph left Klay hanging 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ScZSzcnwCW
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 26, 2021
The good news is Thompson’s recovery from his Achilles tendon injury seems to be going great. Plus, it’s even more promising to see his former teammate Kevin Durant looking as good as ever with the Nets after his torn Achilles last year.
The sobering part of the recovery process, though, is that by the time Thompson is scheduled to play again — at the start of the 2021-22 season — the two injuries will have sidelined him for nearly 2 1/2 years.
The hope is once Klay returns and starts draining long-range jumpers as usual, it will almost seem like he was never gone.
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