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Klay Thompson tears ACL, Golden State Warriors’ season ends

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It was a rough night in Oakland for WSU’s top alumnus.

2019 NBA Finals - Game Six Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Klay Thompson’s quest for a three-peat came to an end last night in the most heartbreaking way imaginable — with a torn ACL.

Thompson left game six of the NBA Finals with a knee injury sustained late in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors went on to lose to the Toronto Raptors, who clinched the championship with a 114-110 victory in Oakland, California.

What makes it even more painful is that the Washington State Cougars’ alumnus was in the midst of a classic “Game 6 Klay” performance — he had a team-high 28 points before he came down awkwardly after being fouled on a dunk attempt:

Thompson hobbled into the tunnel, but someone remembered that he wouldn’t be allowed to return to the game if another player took his place at the line, so he made his way back to the court to shoot the free throws. Naturally, he hit them both to reach the 30-point mark and give the Warriors a five-point lead — and jogged back on defense. With a torn ACL.

However, he left the game immediately after that. But because Klay is insane and only mostly human, cameras caught him jogging up and down the tunnel and jumping in place in what appeared to be an attempt to convince everyone that he could play. With a torn ACL.

The adrenaline finally wore off and cooler heads prevailed; Thompson would not return and would later be spotted leaving the arena on crutches.

The Warriors, already missing Kevin Durant, could not keep up with the Raptors down the stretch as Stephen Curry struggled to carry the load by himself, and the series ended with the road team winning for the fifth consecutive game — and the Raptors’ first championship.

Thompson now heads for free agency with that torn ACL.

A footnote to the night was that it was the last game ever to be played in venerable Oracle Arena, which sits adjacent to the decrepit Oakland Coliseum; the Warriors will play in a brand new arena across the bay in San Francisco starting next season. Which gave the Golden State PR department an opportunity to have a little fun before the night took a turn for the worse:

James Williams is released

Klay’s injury continued some crappy news for WSU alumni as the Kansas City Chiefs waived running back James Williams, who had signed with the team as an undrafted free agent, in the wake of its offseason minicamp.

It’s a bit of a strange turn of events for the the running back, who received a signing bonus to join the Chiefs but apparently couldn’t convince the team to keep him on its 90-man roster heading into training camp.

Now, Williams will try to hook on with another team before August.

Links

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The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2019 - Athlon Sports
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Cougar Rowing Announces Incoming Class - Washington State University Athletics
With 17 newcomers, WSU welcomes its largest incoming class.

Cougar Swimming Announces 2019 Signing Class - Washington State University Athletics
The 12 signees will join WSU this fall.

John DeFilippo on Gardner Minshew: ‘He’s a very football-smart guy’ - USA Today
“The thing about Gardner – you just feel him when he’s on the field. You feel his energy and you feel the guys rally around him. He has a unique personality and a unique skill set that guys have a tendency to rally around him. I’ve been very impressed with Gardner."

10 college football teams that would be perfect for Hard Knocks - Fansided
Washington State – Mike Leach says and does some “out there” things and I find it fascinating.