Worst is Behind Him: Warriors’ Steve Kerr Gives a Promising Update on Klay Thompson’s Recovery

Published 01/13/2021, 6:14 AM EST
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Klay Thompson (11) of the Golden State Warriors watches a replay as the Denver Nuggets look to close out during the second half of the Nuggets’ 100-98 win on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Golden State Warriors have had a mixed start to their season with six wins in the eleven games they have played. Their offense is too dependent on their talisman, Steph Curry.

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However, they are missing the output of Klay Thompson. Klay, who was set to make his blockbuster return this season, suffered from yet another season ending injury as he tore his Achilles tendon.

Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr in his post game presser gave an update about Klay’s recovery. According to the Athletics Anthony Slater, Kerr said that Klay has already been through the worst of the rehab.

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“He’s going to be get into the pool next week and start running in the pool. He’s very upbeat about everything.”

The Dubs will hope that the 30-year-old can come back to his prime form next season. For now, though, the Warriors’ prime focus will be to make it to the playoffs.

Can the Warriors really make it to the Playoffs?

The Warriors have had some major changes to their roster since the last time they made the NBA finals. With a new look roster, including Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr, it is clear that the Warriors are still not at 100%.

The Dubs have shown some signs of improvement over the last five games. After looking shaky defensively, the return of Draymond Green has been a real game changer for the Dubs.

In the first four games without Green on the floor, the Dubs conceded 124.2 points per game. With the 30-year-old on the floor, the Warriors saw a drastic improvement as they conceded 110.7 points per game.

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Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) gets high fives from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

This by not a fabulous record by any means, but given that they are conceding less now, is a step towards the right direction. Rookie James Wiseman has also proved to be a solid pick. He has averaged 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 20.7  minutes on the court. The Warriors might have a longtime center with them.

The Dubs paid a hefty amount of money for signing Kelly Oubre Jr this off season. Oubre hasn’t replicated his superb form from last season. He is currently shooting only 13.7% from the three point line, making him one of the most inefficient shooters in the league. It is about time to Oubre proves his worth. If he doesn’t, he might lose his starting spot.

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The Warriors are far from the usual best, but have shown flashes of being a playoff team. The team will hope that everyone can step up and give adequate support to their talisman, Steph Curry, to have a real chance of making it to the playoffs.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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