Uh-oh. Statement from the Warriors, as reported by various media:
Following extensive examinations over the last two days – including neurological tests earlier this (Friday) morning – Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion. He will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return.”
Game 1 of the finals versus LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers is six days away, on Thursday starting 6 p.m. PDT.
Thompson's injury occurred when the side of his head unhappily met the knee of Houston forward Trevor Ariza in the semifinals, Wednesday night. He reeled to the floor, clutching his head and rolling over, then lying on the court for a minute before being removed from the game. He later received stitches on his ear. The slow-motion replay in the clip below should be enough to make even Cleveland fans queasy.
As recently as last night, more optimistic reports about Thompson's condition were floating around, perhaps based on familial wishful thinking.