After suiting up for the first 214 games of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson will miss Friday's showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers to attend the funeral of his paternal grandfather, according to SFGate.com's Rusty Simmons:
Thompson will miss Friday’s home game against Cleveland, but he plans to re-join the team in time for Sunday’s game at Portland. The third-year guard has never missed a game during his professional career — 214 regular-season games (after Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles) and 12 postseason contests. He’s averaging 17.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season.
Earlier this year, Thompson broke Jamaal Wilkes' team record for most consecutive games played to start a career, which stood at 179.
Stephen Curry, for one, has been pretty impressed with his teammate's seeming indestructibility, per Simmons:
It's pretty remarkable. Maybe he has his own ice machine at the house. I don't know, but you definitely notice when he's in (the trainer's room). It's kind of expected when the other guys come in before a game or before practice to get a tuneup, but it's very rare when you see him on the table. Hopefully, the next 100 games come as easy - I guess it hasn't been easy - but I hope they come as smoothly.
As if it needed to be said, there's not an ounce of shame in ending a streak for the sake of tending to family.
From a strictly basketball perspective, the Ws should be fine without their sweet-shooting wingman, although at just three games ahead of the Western Conference's No. 8 seed, it's still very much an every-game-counts scenario.
The NBA record still belongs to A.C. Green, who tallied 1,192 games without a DNP between 1986 and 2001.
Needless to say, that's not a mark that's going to fall anytime soon.