Absent from the courts for 941 days, Klay Thompson played again this Sunday during the victory of the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was “Klay Day” Sunday in the NBA: Klay Thompson made a resounding return to the court after two and a half years of absence due to two serious injuries, entering 16 points when winning (95 – 82) of the Warriors against Cleveland, who regain the lead in the West.
“He’s baaaaaaack !!!” In a coronation night atmosphere, the Chase Center, the Warriors’ new home, which has never seen one before and where Thompson played for the first time, blew up the decibels to celebrate the long-awaited return of the number 11, 941 days after her left knee anterior cruciate ligament ruptured, followed by another right Achilles tendon in November 2020.
After the emotion, Thompson did not procrastinate by opening his points counter, the first two of his team, by attacking the basket like a dead man of hunger. And for those who wondered if the legs were not going to lack tone, his overkill dunk in the 2nd quarter cleared all doubts, warlike pout as a bonus.
19 minutes on the floor
All that was missing was this famous three-point basket, a specialty that made him and Stephen Curry, between 2015 and 2019 with three league titles, the “Splash Brothers”, the best pair of shooters in history. The fourth attempt was good and there were two more.
In the end, he returned a copy full of promises (7 / 18 on shots, 3 rebounds) on 19 minutes, adding a counter, just to remember that before getting injured he was also one of the best defenders of the league.
“I was just happy to be able to do what I love again. I regain my rhythm, it really feels good. A lot of old feelings from match days came back, it was surreal. The ovation I was given … I am so grateful. I will never forget this evening, “he commented.
Ja Morant makes the show
Thanks to this victory, also due to Curry (26 pts) and Kevon Looney rebound kill (17 including 9 offensives), Golden State becomes leader again in front of Phoenix.
Da ns the other notable poster in the West, Memphis (4th) still marked the spirits among the Lakers (7th), with a 9th success in a row (127 – 113), without LeBron James could not do much, despite a new big performance (28 pts, 9 rebounds, 7 assists).
Because opposite, the oiled collective of the Grizzlies shot too easily at 54% success, like Desmond Bane (23 pts at 9 / 12), while the Ja Morant phenomenon (14 pts, 7 assists) secured two places in the next Top 10, with an exceptional two-handed counter, inflicted on Avery Bradley, above the rectangle drawn on the panel, and an alley dunk -oop (air pass) also stratospheric.
Earlier, Denver had hardly beaten Oklahoma City (99 – 93), thanks to Nikola Jokic (19 pts, 18 rbds), to climb in 6th place, three places ahead of the Clippers, who ended their three-game losing streak, beating Atlanta (99 – 93). In Dallas, end of series for the Bulls, who were aiming for a tenth success in a row, but were beaten (106 – 99) by the Mavericks of Luka Doncic, author of a triple-double (22 pts, 14 rbds, 12 assists).
A stop without consequence for their first place in the East, even if Brooklyn took the opportunity to get closer slightly, overcoming San Antonio (119 – 119), after extension. A basket 1.6 seconds from the buzzer of rookie Cam Thomas came to save the Nets from Kevin Durant (28 pts) and James Harden (26 pts, 12 passes).