December 9, 2022

Klay Thompson Injury Update: Latest Timeframe for Projected Return

The Golden State Warriors announced on Wednesday that guard Klay Thompson will miss at least four weeks with a fractured right thumb. In the same press release, the team also updated Kevin Durant’s timeline to return from his rib injury and provided an updated timetable for DeMarcus Cousins.

Durant has missed the last eight games due to a rib injury and was reportedly expected to miss at least another three weeks.

“Until I can move like I want to, it’s not going to be 100 percent,” Durant said about the injury on Wednesday. “I don’t know when that is…But every day, I make progress. Every day, I try to do something different than what we did before.”

Cousins, who signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Warriors in July, has been out since tearing his left quad tendon on Jan. 27 while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans against the Houston Rockets. The injury required surgery and many pegged Cousins’ return to be sometime around late-March. However, his timeline has recently been moved up to before the All-Star break this season.

“My goal is still that if everything goes as planned, I can be back at All-Star break or right after that,” Cousins said about his injury on Wednesday. “I know it sounds crazy so don’t try me for a quote but I am feeling really good and looking forward to coming back even better than before. That’s my mission so we will see how it play out. I definitely think it is possible (to return by mid-February). If they allow me to progress like I want to then there is no doubt in my mind that I come back ready to with be at least All-Star break.”

Thompson will be reevaluated in four weeks while Durant is expected to return sometime between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 10 according to the Warriors’ release. Cousins, on the other hand, will remain out through December before being reevaluated after that time frame has passed.

All three players are important components of the Warriors’ roster but none more than Thompson, who provides a great deal of shooting from beyond the arc for Golden State off of their bench unit. While he is scheduled to miss at least two months due to this injury, it may take even longer for him to get back into game shape once he does finally return because he won’t have an opportunity to play in any games during his recovery.

Regardless, the Warriors are still currently on top of the Western Conference (with an 8-3 record) despite all three players missing some time due to their injuries. Cousins will be evaluated in early December when they head into All-Star break, while both Durant and Thompson could be back soon after that time frame has passed. Either way, Golden State will look to continue their current winning ways without them for the meantime.