Video: Klay Thompson Makes Dramatic Return to Game 6 After Suffering Knee Injury

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 14, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 13:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors goes to the basket against the Toronto Raptors during Game Six of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019 at ORACLE Arena 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson limped onto the court to shoot free throws after suffering a knee injury in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday:

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The raucous Oracle Arena crowd loudly cheered him upon his return:

Thompson suffered the injury on the landing after Toronto Raptors shooting guard Danny Green committed a hard but clean foul on a shot attempt late in the third quarter:

The guard soon returned to the court: As Marcus Thompson of The Athletic noted, he could not re-enter the game unless he shot the free throws. 

Thompson made both, and the Warriors immediately committed a foul so he could be subbed out.

ESPN's Doris Burke later reported in the beginning of the fourth quarter that Thompson was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

ESPN cameras spotted Thompson on crutches soon afterward.

The Warriors have suffered numerous injuries this postseason.

Kevin Durant missed nine games with a right calf strain and returned for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but he soon exited after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.

DeMarcus Cousins missed 14 games with a quad injury, and Kevon Looney has been in and out of the NBA Finals with a rib injury.

Andre Iguodala missed one game with a calf injury, and Thompson missed Game 3 of the NBA Finals with a hamstring injury.

The latest injury to Thompson was a big blow en route to the Warriors losing Game 6 by a 114-110 score, which ended the series. 

The five-time All-Star had a game-high 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting (4-of-6 from three-point range) and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line prior to exiting. The team was up 85-80 at the time but was outscored by nine the rest of the way.

Thompson averaged 26.0 points per game during the Warriors' fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.

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