All-Star guard Klay Thompson continues to progress on his path toward a full recovery from a torn Achilles tendon. It’s placed him on the trajectory to make his long-awaited comeback at some point in the 2021-22 season. As Thompson nears closer to his return, the Golden State Warriors have a set game plan to handle it properly.
Klay Thompson continues to progress through rehab
Since Thompson suffered a torn Achilles tendon last November, the Warriors have moved methodically through the recovery.
The star guard has progressed through the rehab process, with the expectation he will return at some point during the first half of the season. Thompson hasn’t experienced any setback, moving into conducting on-court work, and will participate in practice within the coming weeks.
The 31-year-old is expected to soon partake in 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills while steadily increasing his workload. Thompson has missed the two seasons due to two serious leg injuries. He first suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, then a torn Achilles tendon weeks before the 2020-21 campaign,
As Thompson inches closer to making his long-awaited comeback, head coach Steve Kerr revealed the game plan for the star guard’s recovery.
Warriors are banking on invaluable experience to ensure Klay Thompson doesn’t suffer a crushing setback
As the 2021-22 season moves along, prominent questions remain concerning Thompson’s return.
The Warriors have taken the precautionary approach without placing an official timetable. However, head coach Steve Kerr may have just laid out the team’s game plan with how they will handle the situation.
“We have experience with this with DeMarcus Cousins a few years ago,” Steve Kerr said Saturday via Yahoo Sports. “There’s definitely a very deliberate plan that involves more and more work, but making sure we’re not skipping any steps.”
After he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in January 2018, Golden State elected to push his return until nearly the year mark from when it occurred.
The Warriors brought him along slowly, playing in only 30 regular-season games in 25.7 minutes per contest, marking the lowest average in his career up to that point. He posted 16.3 points per contest, which also marked a career-low mark. Granted, Thompson is working through two significant injuries; Kerr’s comments provide insight into the Warriors’ careful approach.
Kerr also stated that the 32-year-old is doing more rehab work each day in the weight room, training room, and on-court sessions. Thompson is making continued progress, making it a matter of going through the necessary recovery steps to make his return.
Warriors are off to a promising start to the 2021-22 season
While the Warriors wait for Thompson to progress through his recovery, the team has gotten off to a promising start.
Golden State has quickly raced out the gate, winning their first three games, holding the best record in the Western Conference. Stephen Curry is leading the charge, ranking fourth in the league averaging 31.0 points while averaging 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. He’s notched north of 20 points in each game, recorded a triple-double, and posted a 45-point performance.
Meanwhile, second-year guard Jordan Poole has excelled in Thompson’s starting spot, scoring at least 20 points twice in the first three games. His play has provided much-needed backcourt stability, with Thompson sidelined. Beyond that, the Warriors’ roster chemistry from last year has significantly impacted the team’s promising showing.
Golden State will experience bumps along the way, but the solid start out the gate presents an encouraging outlook ahead.