He suffered the injury during the first quarter of Game 1 of the Finals, when JR Smith slid into him on a play. The pressure got to him: he ended the night with just five points and one rebound. Yet Thompson did receive some kind words from Smith.
Well Golden State fans appreciated Smith's blunder so much they gave him a standing ovation ahead of the second game. The defending champions got off to a hot start with 7-7 shooting and kept rolling. George Hill's second free throw didn't drop, and at the end of the fourth quarter with 4.7 seconds left, it could very well have given the Cleveland Cavaliers a win.
While Golden State possess multiple scoring options on offense, Cleveland continued to struggle with finding a support network for LeBron James and Kevin Love in the game opener. Indeed, the Cavs didn't make a shot for nearly five and a half minutes in the second quarter. It's possible they could be missing two... Of course, if Curry ever loses his shooting stroke, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be there to pick up the slack. He played the first 44 minutes of the game before being sent to the bench once the Warriors had an 18-point lead.
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In addition to his game-high point total, Curry also added eight assists and seven rebounds. Kerr said the Warriors can't just sit back and let James attack, and the Warriors need a better effort on the backboards after getting outrebounded 53-38 in Game 1.
"He makes tough shots, that's what he does", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
"It's one of the toughest losses I've had in my career", James acknowledged Saturday, "because of everything that kind of went on with the game and the way we played". I think not being physical enough.
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Kerr had also said Thompson was doing better Sunday morning when he checked in with the training staff.
That is a reference to James walking out of his Game 1 press conference while telling media members to "be better tomorrow".
Klay Thompson is hurting right now. You can say something like, 'Meet you at the bus.' I'm gonna keep taking care of my family.
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Meanwhile, despite lacking Andre Iguodala, the Warriors' supporting cast was what you'd expect from such a disciplined squad.