Klay Thompson’s dad Mychal told SI Now’s Maggie Gray that Timofey Mozgov’s pick on his son in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was dirty.
Mychal, a former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, said there was no question Mozgov’s actions were intentional.
“You don’t stick your leg out like that unless you want to hurt somebody,” the elder Thompson said.
After taking a shot in the leg from the Cavaliers center in the game’s first quarter, Thompson exited the court and went to the locker room. The injury came in midst of a hot first-quarter performance by the Cavaliers, which ended with them leading, 33–16.
Thompson returned to the game in the second quarter ahead of his team’s eventual 120–90 loss. He later said he wouldn’t practice Thursday in order to get ready for Game 4.
“The only way to respond to that is to beat them,” Thompson’s father said. “That’ the only thing you can do.”
Game 4 is Friday night at 9 p.m. ET. The Warriors hold a 2–1 lead in the series.