The last time Golden State Warriors fans watched Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson play together was on June 13, 2019. It was Game 6 of the 2019 Finals, a contest the Warriors lost in the final game ever at Oracle Arena.
Thompson tore his left ACL in Game 6 and missed the entire 2019-20 season. He was supposed to return in 2020-21, but the sharpshooter tore his right Achilles tendon in a pickup game before the campaign started.
Curry certainly has missed playing with his backcourt mate. While Warriors general manager Bob Myers has already said that Thompson won’t be ready for the start of the 2021-22 season, head coach Steve Kerr recently provided a comforting update.
Klay Thompson progresses to movement on the court in Achilles rehab
During an interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Kerr said that Thompson has started to “really get movement on the court.” It’s a big step for the All-Star shooting guard.
“Not full contact yet. But starting to really get movement on the court,” Kerr said. “He’s still aways away from actually playing basketball in a 5-on-5 setting. But there’s a big step with the Achilles when you can actually start running again. It’s a huge psychological boost. The rest of the body gets going, you start feeling the soreness and aches and pains that actually feel good when you’ve been out for a while. He’s at that point.”
Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 46.7% from the field and 40.2% from beyond the arc during the 2018-19 season. The Warriors have missed the playoffs the past two seasons while Thompson has been sidelined.
Curry is undoubtedly counting down the days until he gets his partner in crime back, especially since the two stars have such a close relationship on and off the court.
Stephen Curry cried when he heard Klay Thompson tore his Achilles
Curry told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated in November 2020 that he was brought to tears after he received the news about Thompson’s season-ending Achilles injury. The Splash Brothers are unquestionably the greatest shooting backcourt of all time and have won three titles together. Their relationship goes far behind the basketball court, which is why Curry was devastated when he found out Thompson would miss his second consecutive season.
“He’s the best 2-guard in the league,” Curry said. “To get that call was a gut punch for sure. A lot of tears. You don’t really know what to say because a guy like that is having to go through two pretty serious rehabs now. But at the end of the day, we have to have his back. We hope that he is around and a part of what we do through his rehab and staying connected with us.”
Curry finished third in MVP voting in 2020-21 after putting up 32.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. However, he couldn’t lead the Warriors to the postseason without Thompson, one of the best two-way players in the league. The Dubs lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in tournament and were forced to watch the playoffs from home for the second straight season after making the NBA Finals five years in a row from 2015-2019.
It’s unknown when Warriors fans will get to see Curry and Thompson share the court again. However, Kerr’s update on the latter will undoubtedly bring a smile to the former’s face, especially since Curry is eager to get back to the playoffs and make another Finals run.
Stephen Curry is one championship away from tying LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal
Curry has career averages of 24.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. He’s a two-time MVP, three-time champion, two-time scoring champion, and seven-time All-Star. Curry will pass Ray Allen on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list as long as he stays healthy.
Missing the postseason the last two years had to hurt Curry inside. He’s one title away from tying LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, two NBA legends. It would indeed be a humbling achievement for Curry to have the same number of titles as LeBron and O’Neal, especially since several draft experts predicted he wouldn’t have success in the league due to his small stature.
It will be fascinating to see when Thompson returns to the lineup in 2021-22 and if he and Curry can lead the Warriors to another championship. The Dubs have the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, so they should be able to get a talented youngster who can help them immediately.