SAN FRANCISCOis to be present in the moment. After Sunday's practice, Star barely wanted to think ahead to Monday's crucial Game 5 of the playoffs For the . Instead, he tried his best to keep focused on the treatment required and the other practice he preferred.
For a brief moment, he was able to escape the present. However, he didn't look ahead. He looked back.
Three years ago, Thompson tore the ACL in Game 6 against the NBA Finals.. Although he didn't realize it, that was the last game he would play in 941 days.
“Wow! What a time. Thompson recalled that moment three years ago. He didn't realize tomorrow marked the three year anniversary until a reporter told him. “That — wow. It goes by so fast.
After he tore the ACL, which occurred when he attempted a contested shot against.Thompson returned to the Warriors' hall for several minutes. Thompson returned to the Warriors' hallway for a few minutes and took two free throws.
Thompson said, “I just thought, man, I don't wanna leave these points on board.” “This is it. “I'm going to get this 30-ball.”
He attempted to run down the court the next play but it was too late.
Thompson stated, “I have never sustained such a severe injury so it wasn't something that I thought was serious.” “I thought that I might have sprained my leg. You know what? When you're playing in the championship, adrenaline is so high, you tend to ignore any logic. So running around with a torn ACL makes no sense.
Thompson was just beginning to run again when he injured his right Achilles' foot. It happened just before the 2020-21 season. Thompson claimed that he couldn't watch the Finals last year because it was too painful mentally.
Thompson is a calm, composed player who doesn't seem to get too hot or cold. Thompson's emotions over the past three years have been well documented, whether it was him sitting at the bench after the last buzzer with a towel over his head or kicking chairs from the sidelines to help his teammates.
The Warriors' three-year anniversary marks the end to an era. This is the day that their hopes of winning a third consecutive championship were dashed. This is the last time Kevin Durant wore a Golden State jersey. It was their final game in Oracle Arena. This was the moment the organization started a small rebuild.
It is amazing to consider it three years ago, with all the hardships that Klay has gone through since then, and to be here again, it gives me a sense gratitude for being back on this stage.”said. “This chapter will always be part our journey, for certain. This is something we will likely talk about for many years. We hope to be able to accomplish this task and to pay tribute to the three-year journey that led to something truly extraordinary.
Warriors will be one win closer to achieving their goal if they win Monday. Golden State doesn't want to look too far ahead. Since the beginning of the season, their mantra has been “One game at the time”. And as three years ago taught them, anything can happen.
Will the Warriors, however, take a moment and reflect on their journey?
Thompson stated, “Maybe for another second.” “But I want to win when I step onto that court. It doesn't matter how beautiful or ugly it may be. Let's win, and protect our home court. I don't plan to sing “Kumbaya” or anything. I just want to win.”