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Warriors' Klay Thompson Questionable for Game 3 with Hamstring Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2019

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson against the New Orleans Pelicans during an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson is questionable for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, the team announced.

An MRI on Thompson confirmed he suffered a "mild" strained hamstring in Golden State's 109-104 Game 2 victory Sunday.

The Warriors will be without Kevon Looney. The team noted Looney will be out indefinitely after he suffered a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture.

Kevin Durant's availability is unclear as well. Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Friday the Warriors were hopeful he'd return from a strained calf in time for Game 3 but that Game 4 on Friday was the more realistic possibility.

Even when Golden State is at full strength, Thompson is a key member of the starting lineup. But as injuries pile up, the veteran 2-guard's role grows.

He's averaging 19.5 points per game and shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc in the postseason. In addition to the value he brings on offense, Thompson's perimeter defense is pivotal in keeping Kawhi Leonard somewhat in check.

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Iggy and Klay suppress Kawhi’s shooting and scoring as well as anyone this season https://t.co/AbRDiso20m

If Thompson is questionable, then there's a chance he will suit up for Golden State in Game 3.

Should the Warriors be without Thompson—and Durant too—the Raptors will have a great chance to steal a win at Oracle Arena and go ahead 2-1 in the series.

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