The injury happened Sunday in the Warriors loss to Minnesota. Late in the first half, Thompson reached trying to strip the ball from a driving Jeff Teague and instantly grabs his thumb in pain. He played through it in that game. You can see how it went down in the grainy video here.
There had been rumors this was a little more serious than was being let on, and now comes the news Thompson has a fractured thumb and is out for at least a few games, and maybe a couple of weeks, via Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson is expected to return before the end of the month from a fractured right thumb, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Thompson is averaging 19.7 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting from three, but may be more critical on the defensive end where he takes on the best guard of the other team nightly and is a borderline All-Defensive Team player.
The Warriors are already without Stephen Curry, who tweaked an ankle and will be re-evaluated on March 20. Draymond Green (shoulder), Andre Iguodala, and David West also are all out vs. the Lakers on Wednesday night. It will be the Kevin Durant show.
Steve Kerr doesn’t care about chasing down Houston for the No. 1 seed, all he cares about is getting his players healthy and rested before the playoffs start. Golden State will take its time bringing guys back at this point in the season, even at the price of losing games. Golden State is concerned about the games in late May and June, not one in the middle of March.