Warriors forward Draymond Green knows toughness.
And he’s heaping praise on Klay Thompson, who scored 20 points in Golden State’s win over the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night despite an ankle injury.
I thought there was no chance he was playing tonight. I mean, I saw him walk in yesterday and saw his ankle and I was like, yeah,
there’s no chance he’s playing.
And sure enough, I’m like, “Man, you good?” He’s like, “Yeah, I’ll be fine, I’m playing. I’ll be all right.” And I was like, no, he ain’t playing. You can say that, but there’s no chance.
I even texted Nick Young yesterday like, “Hey, man, I need big minutes out of you tomorrow because Klay ain’t playing.” And he was like, “Whaaaat? All right, I got you.”
Sure enough, I texted him earlier today, and I’m like, “Hey, man, you good?” He’s like, “Yeah, I’m good.” “How your ankle feeling?” “A lot better.” Of course Klay’s lying. That’s just who Klay is.
But he came out there and gutted through it. Even if you saw him take the first lay-up he took in warmups and ran back to the locker room. It’s like yeah, he ain’t going to have it. Sure enough he did.
I mean, that’s just a microcosm of who he is, one of the toughest guys, if not the toughest guy, I’ve ever played with. And he’ll never get credit for it because he’s not going to physically beat you up. But one of the toughest, if not thee toughest guy, for sure.
Green plays with David West.
Another of their Golden State teammates – Stephen Curry, whose career was nearly derailed by multiple ankle injuries – had a different reaction to Thompson’s injury.
“I didn’t realize how much you use your ankle until you hurt it, but –,” Thompson said.
Interjected Curry: “You should have asked me.”
The Warriors are tough. They’re loose. And we all know they’re historically talented.
Up 2-0, they’re going to be darn difficult to beat.