Klay Thompson is the splash brother on the Golden State Warriors who doesn’t get the press. Or at least not as much as his backcourt mate Steph Curry, who won this year’s NBA MVP and brings his delightful 2-year-old daughter to press conferences. Tough to beat, even for a guy like Thompson who in January scored 37 points in a single quarter, setting an NBA record. That’s what they call lights out shooting, but all eyes — including the doctor’s — will be on Thompson as the NBA Finals approach for a different kind of lights out.
Thompson has been diagnosed with “concussion-like symptoms” after being kneed in the head by the Rockets Trevor Ariza in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The NBA has strict concussion protocols that carefully monitor recovery and determine when a player can begin playing again. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is June 4.