Klay Thompson Says He'll Be Back from Thumb Injury in 'One or Two More Games'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2018

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson drives around Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 109-103. Thompson scored 21 points and Wiggins scored 23. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Jim Mone/Associated Press

The cavalry—minus Steph Curry—is coming for the Golden State Warriors.

Hours after Warriors coach Steve Kerr suggested to reporters Kevin Durant and Draymond Green will likely be back for Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Klay Thompson said he's not far off from returning as well.

"I'll be back soon. One or two more games," Thompson said, per of the Associated Press.

Thompson, 28, has missed the Warriors' last seven games because of a fractured right thumb. Golden State has been without Thompson, Durant, Green and Curry for much of March, leading to an understandable downturn that has all but handed the West's No. 1 seed to the Houston Rockets.

Curry is not expected back until at least the second round of the playoffs. However, Durant, Green and Thompson all appear close to returning.

Durant told ESPN's Chris Haynes that he plans to play Thursday. He has missed the last six games because of a rib injury. Green has missed the last four with a pelvic injury and illness and was initially listed as probable Tuesday night before being downgraded.

"We can overcome this," Kerr told reporters over the weekend. "... We just got to be able to hold down the fort and understand that this is all part of the journey."

The Warriors lost their second straight game and sixth in their last nine against the Indiana Pacers. The team managed just 81 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

"Their defense was great tonight, just their effort. They play with great effort, and that's all we ask for," Thompson said.

Golden State plays a back-to-back against the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns this weekend, so eyes could be fixated on those games for a potential return.

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