OAKLAND, Calif. – Everyone knows about Klay Thompson's ability to get hot in a hurry on offense. His stingy defense might just matter more when he returns for the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night with his team trailing Toronto 2-1.
"We can't fall into the trap of thinking offense alone is going to win us another championship or letting that end of the floor affect our defense," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said after proving that Wednesday, when he scored 47 points in a loss.
The plan is for Thompson to play Friday barring further issues with the strained left hamstring that kept him out Wednesday.
"The way that our team plays defensively and the chemistry that we have and the experience, he's right at the forefront of that," Curry said. "And it's a tough adjustment when guys who haven't been in that position consistently and in these type of moments are thrown into his minutes. So you would love to have him out there on that end of the floor as well, especially with a team like Toronto.""
The Warriors' Kevin Durant will remain sidelined Friday because of a strained right calf, coach Steve Kerr said. Kerr had indicated Durant would scrimmage Thursday, but he didn't.
"We will continue to get treatment, get on the court and continue to work," Kerr said. "But he will be unavailable for Game 4."