As Golden State prepares for its final game at Oracle Arena on Thursday night, Klay Thompson took a moment to show some love to his injured teammate on Instagram, urging fans to honor the two-time Finals MVP during Game 6:
"Gameday, and it's obviously a big one. But DubNation, I need you to reflect on the fact that we would not be in this position if it weren't for this man and his sacrifices. He's the reason there are banners hanging in the rafters of Oracle. I'm gonna need every Dubs fan in the building tonight to bring the same fire K brought everyday to the court!! It's not gonna be the same running out that tunnel without u bro. We all know this is a minor set back for a major comeback !! Nothing can impede this mans greatness. Speaking of oracle, let's lay it all out there tonight in honor the 47 years in this beautiful building. Let's get it DubNation! #doitforK #onelastdance"
After he missed a month with a calf strain, Durant tried to play in Game 5 as the Warriors faced a 3-1 deficit. Although he dropped 11 points while going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, he had to be helped off the court early in the second quarter after he went down with a non-contact injury.
Durant revealed Wednesday he underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles.
Thompson also told reporters this week that he wanted to win the championship for Durant, noting how his teammate sacrificed his health for the team:
And when a reporter asked him if Durant had done enough to be considered a Splash Brother, Thompson offered nothing but praise:
Golden State chasing its third straight title thanks in large part to Durant's contributions. The Warriors are 9-1 over the last three seasons in Finals games Durant has played in. Meanwhile, they are 1-3 without him during that span.
When the Warriors close out Oracle Arena on Thursday night, they will not only attempt to keep their season alive, but they will also look to win it for Durant.