Warriors’ Klay Thompson suffers torn ACL in loss to Toronto


After Kevin Durant's injury, with Steph Curry struggling, the Warriors just refused to go away.

"We'll be thinking about this one, it's tough", said Curry, who had 21 points in the loss.

The Warriors, who headed into the finals with back-to-back wins and had won three of the past four National Basketball Association crowns, were without injured Kevin Durant and lost Klay Thompson to a knee injury in the third quarter.

He'd return to shoot two free throws, but left the game immediately afterwards and was quickly declared out for the remainder of the game. After sinking both though, Klay would go to the locker room and leave the arena on crutches, and his absence became the story the rest of the night. VanVleet's shooting has been incredible throughout the last two rounds of the playoffs, and incredibly timely, and this game was no different.

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Kawhi Leonard took home the NBA Finals MVP award, his second time winning the honour, and the notoriously poker-faced player finally broke into a smile. Just moments later, Doris Burke confirmed on ABC's broadcast that Thompson would miss the rest of the game with a left knee injury.

The Raptors are the first Canadian club side to win a major North American sports title since the Toronto Blue Jays captured Major League Baseball's World Series in 1993.

Thompson, who was fouled on the play, was in obvious pain and headed toward the locker room but suddenly reappeared to shoot his free throws, which if he did not shoot would have made him ineligible to come back later in the game.

This was what Masai Ujiri said he came to Toronto to do, to deliver the city a championship.