The Golden State Warriors lost two of its most important players during Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Early in the fourth quarter, Klay Thompson was trying to get a classic leg-out shooting foul as Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green contested a 3-pointer. No foul was called, and Thompson landed with his legs wide apart.
Thompson tried to walk it off, but needed to immediately sub off the floor to head to the locker room with left hamstring tightness. After the game, Thompson could be seen barely able to walk with a huge ice pack on his hamstring.
Big man Kevon Looney, a breakout star for the Warriors during these playoffs, injured his collarbone on a fall during the second quarter. Looney wound up trying to contest at the rim, but fell backward and landed awkwardly on his shoulder.
The team announced that Looney would not return, calling it a chest contusion. The Athletic’s Shams Charania called it a “collarbone sprain”.
For reference, a sprain is defined as a small tear of a ligament. So in this case, if Charania is to be believed, a sprain of the ligaments around the collarbone would most likely reference the ligaments that keep the shoulder attached to the collarbone. This would be a long way of suggesting that Looney may have partially-separated his shoulder.
Again, this is largely conjecture based on obfuscated descriptions of medical issues via sourced reporting. We’ll learn what is really wrong with Looney here in the next 24 hours, but any injury to either him or Thompson isn’t good for Golden State’s hopes in these Finals.