Thompson questionable for Game 3; Looney out

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LOS ANGELES — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is questionable for Game 3 of the NBA Finals after an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring revealed only a strain, the team announced Monday evening.

In more dire injury news for Golden State, backup center Kevon Looney has a non-displaced collarbone fracture and is out indefinitely.

Both Thompson and Looney were injured during the Warriors’ 109-104 win over the Raptors on Sunday night in Toronto, a resulted that leveled the best-of-seven series at one win apiece.

The Warriors traveled to Oakland, Calif., following Game 2 but didn’t arrive until after 4 a.m. local time, delaying Thompson’s MRI and Looney’s MRI and CT scan until later in the day.

The team initially announced that Looney had a chest contusion, but coach Steve Kerr later said that Looney’s injury was “something with his shoulder.”

Thompson got hurt in the fourth quarter Sunday. He said after the game he expected to play in Game 3 on Wednesday, though he was seen limping around Scotiabank Arena following Golden State’s win.

Kerr said postgame, “Klay said he’ll be fine, but Klay could be half-dead and he would say he would be fine.”

The Warriors continue to await the return of All-NBA forward Kevin Durant, who hasn’t played since sustaining a right calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 8.

He wasn’t the highest scorer on his own team in Game 2, but Stephen Curry’s odds to win the Most Valuable Player award in the 2019 NBA Finals strengthened after the Golden State Warriors evened the series 1-1.

Curry entered the Finals as a -125 favorite by to take home MVP honors. Those odds dipped to +100 after the Toronto Raptors won Game 1.

Curry scored 23 points to Klay Thompson’s 25 on Sunday night, but Curry is now back to a -150 MVP favorite.

Kawhi Leonard, who scored a game-high 34 points in Game 2 and is averaging 28.5 points through two games, is second at +300, followed by the Warriors’ Draymond Green (+450) and Kevin Durant (+1600), who has yet to play a game in the series while recovering from a calf injury.

Pascal Siakam (+1600) is the next lowest odds on the Raptors. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry is at +5000. listed Curry at -125 on Monday while had his MVP odds at -154. — Reuters