Golden State Warriors SG Klay Thompson is progressing toward his return, which is still on track for the next coming weeks, per The Athletic. Thompson hasn’t played since the 2019 NBA Playoffs due to multiple season-ending leg injuries — a torn ACL and a torn Achilles. Thompson hasn’t played in over two seasons as a result, but is nearing a return, one that could come at the end of December. Either that, or we’ll see Klay back in the lineup in early 2022.
December 17 update - Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors are now targeting a January return for Thompson. That means he’s going to take the court in 2022 at the earliest.
ESPN Sources: Golden State and Klay Thompson are targeting January for a return to the NBA on a home date -- with key targets including January 9 vs. Cleveland and January 18 vs. Detroit. January 3 vs. Miami hasn't been ruled out, but is considered less likely.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 17, 2021
Update — According to The Athletic, the earliest date for Thompson to return would be Dec. 28. It’s not looking like Klay will be ready to be back for the Christmas Day slate. We could see Thompson’s return come after New Year’s once it’s 2022. We’ll keep you updated on his status.
Update — Thompson and C James Wiseman were down in the G League practicing and were recalled by the Warriors on Wednesday night. We’re not sure if this is the final step in one or both returning to the lineup. Chances are the two are a few weeks away.
Update — Curry ended up breaking Ray Allen’s 3-point record with his second of the game Tuesday vs. the Knicks. Klay ranks 21st on the all-time 3-pointer list with 1,798 in 615 career games.
After starting the season 18-2, the Dubs have struggled a bit lately, going 3-3 in their past six games. Stephen Curry is looking to break Ray Allen’s record for most 3PM in NBA history, and should accomplish the feat some time in the next two days. That may help Curry break out of a mini-slump. Either way, the Warriors are still 21-5 and in good position to compete for the top seed in the West, especially if Thompson comes back and is a fraction of his Hall of Fame self.
It still feels like the Warriors could roll out the red carpet on Christmas Day and bring Thompson back against the Phoenix Suns. It’s only 12 days away, which isn’t in line with the timeline, though Thompson seems ready to be brought back. There is also a decent amount of days off during the holidays and before 2022 comes, so Golden State also has some added incentive to take that built-in rest for Klay (and even Steph and Draymond Green).