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Klay Thompson Injury: Updates on Warriors Star's Leg and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

before an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson suffered a thigh contusion against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he collided with Timofey Mozgov's knee in the first quarter of Game 3. However, the Warriors announced Thompson will return to the game.

Thompson went into the locker room immediately following the injury, per Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area.Β 

SportsCenter provided an image of Thompson in visible pain:

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Klay Thompson heads to the locker room after collision with Timofey Mozgov. https://t.co/4uukeSMJq8

Thompson suffered a sprained ankle during the team's record-setting start to the 2015-16 season, but it was hardly a major concern for a squad stacked with depth on the wing.Β 

Thompson is a key cog in the league's most dynamic offense. Therefore, losing him for any period of time would have hindered the team's spacing and overall efficiency. Β 

But as his brief early-season absence proved, Golden State can adapt if the injury resurfaces.

Ian Clark previously drew starts in place of Thompson. The Warriors are also flush with depth in the form of veterans Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa and Brandon Rush, each of whom has legitimate scoring chops from different spots on the floor.

The Warriors were looking to close out the Cavaliers as quickly as possible after jumping out to a 2-0 start to the series, but their task becomes more difficult if Thompson isn't 100 percent.

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