The Warriors will be without star guard Klay Thompson against the 76ers on Saturday as he rests to deal with a knee injury.
Coach Steve Kerr told reporters Saturday that Thompson’s knee is “inflamed enough where it doesn’t make sense to play him.” Alfonzo McKinnie will start in Thompson’s place.
Kerr also said Thompson will likely undergo an MRI when the team returns to the Bay Area on Sunday.
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson’s right knee: “Inflammed enough where it doesn’t make sense to play him.” Klay will likely get an MRI when team gets back to Bay Area tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ZOXTgEe2OF
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 2, 2019
Thompson initially injured himself during the Warriors’ 103-96 loss to Magic on Thursday when he banged his knee on the floor. Kerr indicated Thompson didn’t have any pain until Friday morning.
Thompson, 29, is averaging 22 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range. The Warriors enter Saturday’s game at the top of the Western Conference with a 43-19 record, while the 76ers are 40-22 and fourth in the East.