Klay Thompson Suffers Concussion In Warriors Western Finals Win

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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Golden State Warriors players celebrate after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. – (AP PHOTO/TONY AVELAR)


Throwing up late last night after being kneed in the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza, Golden State’s Klay Thompson will need to pass concussion protocol to get back on the floor for the first game of the NBA Finals which began a week from today. The incident happened at 9:20 to go in the 4th quarter. Thompson began to suffer concussion symptoms last night after throwing up. He also suffered a 3 stitch cut in his right ear from the hit.

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 27: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors is injured in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets during game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


“He said he just needs a good night’s sleep,” commented Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father and for NBA player. “[He] threw up and says he feels a lot better.”

NBA Concussion Protocol states: Once a player is diagnosed with a concussion he is then held out of all activity until he is symptom-free at rest and until he has no appreciable difference from his baseline neurological exam and his baseline score on the computerized cognitive assessment test. The concussed player may not return to participation until he is asymptomatic at rest and has successfully completed the NBA concussion return-to-participation exertion protocol.

The progression of the protocol involves several steps of increasing exertion – from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills. With each step, a player must be symptom free to move to the next step. If a player is not symptom free after a step, he stops until he is symptom free and begins again at the previous step of the protocol.

The Warriors are hopeful that Thompson will be available for Game One of the 7 game Finals that begin in the Bay area. Thompson’s father agreed, stating, “Yeah, I think so, but I’m no doctor.”

Thompson has averaged 19.7 points and 4.9 rebounds and four assists in 15 postseason games. Teammate Stephen Curry has averaged more points per game (29.2) for the Warriors this postseason than Thompson.

Western Finals Notes: The 40 year drought from the NBA Finals is over for the Golden State Warriors. GM Bob Meyers didn’t see it coming so soon with this group of players and coaches. “No, no, I did not see this coming,” he confessed to ESPN.com, when asked if he expected this level of success so quickly. “It’s not that I didn’t think it was possible, but I didn’t see this expedited path to where we are. I am surprised.”

Golden State will be the favorite coming out of Vegas. Look for the Warriors to win in 6.

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