Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson expected to play in NBA Finals Game 1
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Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson expected to play in NBA Finals Game 1
Monday June 1st, 2015

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has completed the NBA’s concussion protocol and been cleared to play for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, according to a release from the team. 

Thompson was reevaluated on Tuesday after Monday's Warriors' practice, and was reportedly experiencing no headaches from the concussion he suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

During the game, Thompson was incidentally kneed in the head by Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza.

Thompson was cleared by doctors to return to the game, but reportedly threw up several times and experienced headaches following the game.

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The Warriors diagnosed Thompson with a concussion, and according to the league’s concussion protocol, he must by cleared by doctors and show no symptoms before he returns to the court.

On Monday, Thompson's father said Klay had not been cleared by doctors but that he's optimistic the star guard will be ready to play in Game 1.

Thompson attended the Oakland Athletics' baseball game against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

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Thompson is averaging 19.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15 postseason games this year.

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