Player News - Warriors

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Steve Kerr said "all is going well" with Klay Thompson (concussion) and expects him to be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

There's no word of if he went through the protocol yet. Once he's symptom free, he'll do some work on a stationary bike before doing more rigorous exercise. For now, it sounds like Klay should be ready to play with time to spare.
May 30 - 3:35 PM

Festus Ezeli (illness) was not at practice on Saturday.

He's sick and he should be fine for Thursday. Ezeli will likely be a key part of the second unit in The Finals, especially since LeBron James will put pressure on the frontcourt and cause foul trouble.
May 30 - 3:33 PM

Stephen Curry practiced without the protective sleeve on his right elbow on Friday.

Curry ditched the sleeve during the third quarter of Game 5 vs. the Rockets, and it didn't look his elbow was an issue. He still has five days to recover before facing off against the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday, so the Warriors have to be thrilled that the MVP is ready to roll. For what it's worth, Curry has averaged 29.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.9 boards, 4.9 3-pointers and 1.9 steals in the playoffs so far.
May 30 - 9:54 AM

Andrew Bogut took a parting shot at Dwight Howard on Friday, saying that the Memphis series was more physical.

"There was some physicality there (with Houston), like any playoff series, but the Memphis series was more physical," Bogut said. "This was more about ducking and weaving and getting out of the way of aired fists and elbows." Howard had some controversial moments against the Warriors, and he has already been suspended for the first game of the 2015-16 season. Bogut has been playing well in the postseason so far and he is probably relieved that Marc Gasol and Howard are in the rear-view mirror, but he will still have a tough matchup in the next round with Timofey Mozgov holding down the paint for Cleveland.
May 30 - 9:46 AM

Alvin Gentry had a second interview with the Pelicans and is "emerging" as the frontrunner, according to NOLA.com's John Reid.

The Pelicans are believed to be after Gentry, Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy. While Gentry has been somewhat successful with the Suns as a head coach and very successful as an assistant with the Clippers and Warriors, he wouldn't be as big of a splash as Thibs or JVG. It sounds like the Pelicans want to get a coach before the NBA Finals start.
May 29 - 9:39 PM

Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a concussion on Friday.

His agent said he didn't have a concussion yesterday, but his agent isn't a neurologist. The Warriors said Klay had "extensive examinations" over the past two days, including neurological tests Friday morning. Under the NBA's concussion protocol, Klay will not be allowed to have court activity until he is not showing any symptoms. With six days off before Game 1, Thompson should be ready.
May 29 - 2:52 PM

When LeBron James was asked how the Cavs will slow down Stephen Curry in the Finals he responded: "The same way you slow me down... you can't."

There's equal respect going between current-MVP and former-MVP heading into the Finals, and watching these two go toe-to-toe should be nothing short of spectacular. Just like the Warriors will use a committee approach in attempting to slow down The Chosen One, the Cavs are going to throw a variety of defenders at Curry, starting with Kyrie Irving. Curry and James should continue to post ridiculous stat lines as the season comes to a close, but the efficiency of those lines will likely be a telling factor in the end results.
May 29 - 2:17 PM

Mychal Thompson, Klay Thompson's (concussion-like symptoms) father, speculates that his son should be cleared to play sometime before the NBA Finals.

When Mychal was asked to describe the difference in Klay a day after his injury, Mychal responded, "Antarctica to the jungles of Brazil." When pressed further to speculate on his son's availability for the Finals, Thompson stated: "I'm not a doctor, but if I'm going to guess in layman's terms, yeah I think [he'll be cleared for the Finals.] He seems to be feeling better by the hour." Thompson is scheduled to meet with the Warriors medical staff on Friday, after which we'll likely have another update on Golden State's sniper.
May 29 - 9:51 AM

Sonya Curry said her son is "loving this whole thing about playing against LeBron" in the NBA Finals.

To make Knicks fans feel worse, Stephen's mom also said on 2009 draft night that she thought her son was going to New York. Instead, the Knicks took Jordan Hill at eight with Curry going just in front of them at seven. We've had some sub-par basketball in the past couple weeks, but the NBA Finals should be a doozy.
Source: CBS Sports
May 28 - 9:18 PM

Klay Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, said his client cleared tests and did not have a concussion.

This is getting weird. First, Klay passed a concussion test just after being kneed in the head, then the Warriors released a statement after the game that he had concussion-like symptoms. Now, his agent is saying something different. Thompson was dizzy, had to throw up and didn't feel well last night, so this new report is a little harder to believe than usual. We'll see what the Warriors say next. If this is true, he should be ready to go in the next couple days.
May 28 - 7:49 PM

Klay Thompson (concussion-like symptoms) will be reevaluated by the Warriors' medical staff at his home on Thursday, and GM Bob Myers expects to have an update on his status sometime tomorrow.

So far, the Warriors have not officially labeled Thompson's condition as a concussion, but the reports so far have implied that's what he's dealing with. He'll have a full week to recover for the NBA Finals, and we'll be monitoring his status closely, with another update likely coming on Friday. Stay tuned.
May 28 - 5:21 PM

Draymond Green said that he was "horrible" during Wednesday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Rockets.

"Shaun [Livingston] stepped up huge. L.B. [Leandro Barbosa] stepped up. Andre [Iguodala] stepped up," said Green after Game 5. "Everybody who came in made an impact. Festus Ezeli, not in Klay [Thompson's] spot, but was huge off the bench. They stepped up for us and made plays and that’s what helped us get to this win, because I know I was horrible. So they definitely picked me up." Green couldn't get his shot to fall, going just 3-of-15 from the field during Game 5, but he made a big impact on defense, and hit the glass hard hauling in 13 rebounds. He'll be a major X-factor for the Dubs in their Finals matchup with the Cavaliers.
May 28 - 4:48 PM

Klay Thompson (concussion) is feeling OK after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday night, according to his father Mychal Thompson.

Thompson will have a week to recover and make it through the concussion protocol, but it's good news to hear that he's feeling better. "He threw up a lot late last night but he felt much better afterwards," said Mychal Thompson. "He was a little woozy after the game but very cognizant of what was going on around him. He's OK. He's doing much better after a good night's sleep." We'll keep a close eye on Thompson's status leading up to the June 4 start of the NBA Finals, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available for Game 1.
Source: ESPN
May 28 - 1:57 PM

Updating a previous item, the Warriors said Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the game.

"Klay Thompson was evaluated by the Warriors medical staff immediately after suffering an injury during tonight's game and was put through a concussion evaluation," the team statement said. "At the time he did not show any concussion-like symptoms." This is not good at all. Thompson said he was dizzy right after the game and his dad, Mychal Thompson, said Klay "threw up and says he feels a lot better." Klay will have a week to make it through the concussion protocol and the Warriors will have to answer some questions about this.
May 28 - 2:02 AM

Harrison Barnes was superb against the Rockets to help the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals on Wednesday, scoring 24 points with seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in the 104-90 victory.

It was Playoff Barnes after he struggled in the previous two games. The Warriors used him more at the power forward spot tonight, which is something that should continue in the NBA Finals. Plus, he attacked the basket at will tonight and did a very nice job on James Harden. If the Warriors get this Barnes vs. the Cavs, Dub Nation has to like its chances.
May 28 - 12:29 AM


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