Stephen Curry Believes Kevin Durant is a Ray of Hope for Klay Thompson to Make His Comeback

Published 12/16/2020, 11:00 PM 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)


Injuries have been the biggest downfall for the Golden State Warriors. After winning NBA championships three times in the past six years, for them to end up at the bottom of the league last season was very much unlike them. But what can one do when the key players of the team are missing? After a long wait, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were supposed to be back playing together, but sadly, the wait is going to last longer.

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Most NBA fans consider Curry and Thompson one of the greatest backcourt duo in the league. Both of them have made it to the All-Star Game in each of the five seasons they went to the NBA Finals. They were considered a significant threat but then came along Thompson’s injury and now fans are hoping to see them get back on their feet.

The 30-year-old guard endured a left ACL tear during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. His recovery made him miss the entire last season, but he was cleared to return make his return, only to break the news later that he might be missing one more season.

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This is one of the most severe injuries a basketball player can go through. But it looks like Curry is optimistic about Klay’s return after looking at a certain Brooklyn Nets superstar coming back from the same injury.

TAIWAN, CHINA – JULY 09: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)Kevin Durant attends 2018 NIKE basketball tour in Taipei on 09th July, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant can be a source of inspiration for Klay Thompson

Coincidentally, former Warriors star Kevin Durant also tore his Achilles in the 2018-19 NBA Finals. However, he is back on the court and even played the preseason games. So when Curry was asked whether KD’s return keeps him hopeful about Thompson, he stated:

“1000%. First, you’re happy to see K out there playing. He’s been through a lot. And he’s obviously one of the greatest players to ever play this game. So, to have him out there healthy, and come back from an injury like that… I mean, really. He didn’t show any signs of anything different. I know K reached out to Klay after his injury. I am sure he can hopefully be a resource for him to understand what the process is like. What the journey is like. But thankfully, Klay has got the right people around him. And he can go on that journey himself and get back to the player we know he’s capable of being. He’s got a lot of years left in the tank. As much as it sucks right now, you can kind of dream about what’s it going to be like next year when Klay comes back.”

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The Warriors are scheduled to play the Brooklyn Nets on December 22. It’ll be interesting to see Durant make his season debut with the Nets against his former team. Can the Warriors hold the fort without Thompson?

 

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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