OAKLAND (Sporting Alert) — Klay Thompson has been cleared to play for Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland, the club reports on Tuesday.
Thompson, who was diagnosed with concussion during a Western Conference finals clash with the Houston Rockets on May 29, had been questionable for Thursday’s game, but the Warriors revealed that the guard cleared all the NBA concussion protocols and is set to start Game 1.
The 25-year-old shooting guard took part in a team practice session on Monday for the first time since being diagnosed with a concussion in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals with the Rockets.
On Tuesday he did a full practice session before being evaluated by team doctors and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said his star guard looks good to face the Cavs in Oakland.
Thompson told SportsCenter in an interview after Tuesday’s practice that he feels 90-percent ready, but expects to be “fully healthy” in few days.
“(I am) about a 9.5,” he said, before adding, “actually, no, a 9.
“Couple more days to get completely right, and I expect to be fully healthy and compete on Thursday.”
Klay Thompson is averaging 19.7 points per game this postseason.
He averaged 17.8 points and 3.2 assists per game in the Western Conference finals series against the Houston Rockets, which Golden State won 4-1.
RT @gswstats: OFFICIAL: Klay Thompson has completed the NBA's concussion protocol and has been cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) June 2, 2015
Golden State and Kerr will be happy to have Thompson available for the NBA finals.
With him on the court (534) this postseason, the Warriors are shooting 48 percent from the field and with an offensive efficiency of 109.
With him off the court (191 minutes) the Warriors shot 42 percent and had an offensive efficiency of 104.
The Warriors have also confirmed that center Marreese Speights has also been cleared to feature in Game 1, after recovering from the calf injury that forced him to miss the series with Houston.
Meanwhile, Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving is still struggling to be fit enough for Thursday’s tipoff at ORACLE Arena.
The All-Star point is trying to recover from a knee injury that has bothered this postseason.