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Warriors’ Klay Thompson expected to make season debut on Sunday vs. Cavs: Sources

Warriors' Klay Thompson expected to make season debut on Sunday vs. Cavs: Sources
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After missing out on two consecutive AFC Champions League seasons and tears in Achilles, Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson is expected to return on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center, according to sources. the athletec.

The sources said the final statement and official announcement will likely come from the Warriors and Thompson on Saturday. During this final week of preparations for his comeback, the goalkeeper gained momentum for a comeback Sunday — which is exactly 941 days since the three-time champion played in an NBA game.

Thompson suffered a ruptured left anterior cruciate ligament in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and was rehabilitated to full strength while missing the 2019-20 season. He then suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in a small game in November 2020, sidelining him throughout the entire 2020-21 season. Now, after a rehab process that included the care and attention of Thompson and the Warriors training staff headed by Director of Sports Medicine and Performance Rick Cibrini, the five-time All-Star is set to return to the NBA floor.

Thompson has been sparring unfettered since mid-November, slowly increasing his minute increments on the field to boost his stamina. The most significant achievement came last week when Thompson engaged in a brawl at full speed with the Warriors players during an unplanned night practice in Denver after their game against the Nuggets was postponed.

Reports of this melee were positive. Steve Curry said Thompson had 17 shots in 12 minutes. Andre Iguodala said he reached out to Thompson on several buckets.

“Being there, up and down with Unit One,” Thompson said. “That was a big moment for me.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he expects Thompson to start and play 15-20 minutes into his comeback, and that he will likely rest on one side of his back when he finds his rhythm. The Warriors hosts Cleveland at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on NBA TV as well as local broadcasts.

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