OAKLAND – It's not unusual for Klay Thompson to be slow peeling off his jersey before heading into the shower. What was unusual Monday night was his gait once he got moving.
Thompson was limping. And it was a very, very obvious hobble.
The Warriors issued no update late Monday night, but Thompson left the game in the third quarter of a 108-105 win over the Lakers, retreating to the locker room to have his right ankle re-taped.
Though he returned in the fourth quarter, scoring 5 points in the final 4:31, he still was in pain after peeling off the tape. His status for Wednesday's showdown with the Atlanta Hawks is uncertain, pending closer examination.
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Warriors coach Steve Kerr, in his postgame news conference, said he didn't think Thompson had sustained a serious injury.
"I don’t think it's bad," Kerr said, "but we'll see what JoHan (Wang, the head athletic trainer) says."
Kerr's comments came before the All-Star shooting guard, who has a high pain threshold, was scuffing about as if angry with his ankle.
He'd scored a game-high 26 points, but his hitch was it so painfully obvious that the All-Star shooting guard seemed relieved to hear a voice calling him back to the locker room as he was entering the shower area.
Mychal Thompson, a member of the Lakers broadcast crew, wanted to have a few words with his son.
So Klay limped back toward his cubicle. He took a seat. His shower would have to wait, which seemed fine by him.