The Warriors are calling Klay Thompson's injury a lower back strain. His return is questionable.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) March 8, 2014
Shortly after leaving the court, CSN Warriors News on Twitter captured this shot of Thompson fighting the pain:
Thompson scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field before heading to the locker room.
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution provided an update in the second half:
Klay Thompson will not return for precautionary reasons, per Golden State official. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) March 8, 2014
John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area provided an update after the game:
#Warriors Mark Jackson said Klay Thompson was ready to start 3rd Quarter but he wanted to "get his Pop on" (Popovich) resting a key player.— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) March 8, 2014
NBA.com's Geoff Lepper puts Thompson's painful injury into perspective:
Thompson has never missed an NBA game (211 and counting). If he doesn't return, it'll be the fewest minutes he's played in an NBA game (6).— Geoff Lepper (@geofflepper) March 8, 2014
It remains to be seen how severe the injury is and whether it will sideline the 24-year-old sharpshooter for a significant period of time. Regardless, head coach Mark Jackson and his players will be hoping for a speedy recovery.
After all, Thompson is the Warriors' third-leading scorer (18 points per game) and one of the best shooters in the league, hitting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.
With Golden State pushing for a playoff berth this spring, it'll need Thompson at 100 percent and on the floor in order to have a shot at chasing down the Western Conference's top teams.