Klay Thompson Tears ACL in Warriors’ Game 6 Loss

Klay Thompson with Warriors in 2017. Photo by Robert John Herbert/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The Golden State Warriors’ reign as two-time defending NBA Champions ended with a Game 6 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.

This wasn’t the only bad news that the Dubs received on a dark night for the team, however.

Klay Thompson was forced to leave the court in the third quarter of the game, and it turns out that the injury that forced him off was a torn ACL. He suffered the injury as he landed awkwardly after a foul on a layup attempt with 2:22 left in the quarter.

Miraculously, as Thompson limped to Golden State’s locker room, he turned around and returned to the court to shoot two free throws. This is due to a rule that doesn’t allow players to continue in the game if another player replaces them to shoot free throws. Thompson obviously was unaware of the severity of his injury at the time.

Thompson buried both free throws and then was immediately subbed out of the game, missing the final 14 minutes of a 114-110 Raptors victory.

His torn ACL means that he will probably that the shooting guard, who could opt to become a free agent this offseason, will miss the majority of the 2019-20 season while recovering and rehabbing his injury.