Klay Thompson Won't Play vs. 76ers After Knee Injury Diagnosed as Soreness

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the New Orleans Pelicans during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on October 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will not play in Saturday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to right knee soreness, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

Coach Steve Kerr told reporters Saturday that Thompson will "probably" undergo an MRI on Sunday:

Thompson got off to a slow start this season. Over the month of October, he was averaging 19.6 points but shooting 31.3 percent from three-point range. He went for 52 points in a 149-124 win over the Chciago Bulls on Oct. 29, which seemed to provide the confidence boost he needed.

For the year, Thompson is averaging 22.0 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. The fact that his 109.3 defensive rating is the worst of his career, per NBA.com, indicates how the 2018-19 campaign has been a mixed bag for the five-time All-Star.

The Warriors should be able to carry on with business as usual for the most part until Thompson returns as Golden State can still lean on the trio of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

In terms of player health, the Warriors' primary concern is ensuring everybody is 100 percent for the postseason.

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