Thomp­son ques­tion­able for Game 3, Looney out in­def­i­nitely

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OAK­LAND, Calif. — Golden State guard Klay Thomp­son has a mild strain in his left ham­string that forced him out of Game 2 in the NBA Fi­nals and he is listed as ques­tion­able for Game 3 against the Toronto Rap­tors on Wed­nes­day night.

In ad­di­tion, backup big man Kevon Looney suf­fered a non-dis­placed car­ti­lage frac­ture on the right side of his ribcage and will be out in­def­i­nitely. That’s a hit to the two-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons’ depth at cen­ter, mak­ing the March sign­ing of An­drew

Bogut all the more im­por­tant — along with the re­turn of Demar­cus Cousins from a torn left quadri­ceps mus­cle.

The team said both Thomp­son and Looney un­der­went MRI exams Mon­day once back in the Bay Area.

“Klay said he’ll be fine, but Klay could be half dead and he would say he would be fine. We’ll see,” coach Steve Kerr said af­ter the game. “He pulled his ham­string. He thinks it is mi­nor, so I don’t know what that means go­ing for­ward.”

Thomp­son, av­er­ag­ing 19.5 points this post­sea­son and 23 in the two fi­nals games, left at the 7:59 mark of the fourth quar­ter in Sun­day night’s 109-104 vic­tory that evened the best-of­seven fi­nals at one game apiece. He hob­bled around after­ward with an ice bag on the leg.

Looney didn’t play at all in the se­cond half. He was av­er­ag­ing 7.2 points and 4.6 re­bounds dur­ing the play­offs.

Kevin Du­rant has missed the last seven games and was yet to take part in a for­mal prac­tice, some­thing he needs to do be­fore re­turn­ing from a strained right calf. The War­riors are sched­uled to prac­tice Tuesday at Or­a­cle Arena, so that could be Du­rant’s op­por­tu­nity to test the leg.

The two-time reign­ing NBA Fi­nals MVP was av­er­ag­ing 34.2 points this post­sea­son be­fore the in­jury May 8 in Game 5 of the West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals against Hous­ton. He trav­eled to Toronto for the first two games of the se­ries but didn’t play. Full-court scrim­mag­ing is a step the War­riors med­i­cal staff and Kerr want to see be­fore he is cleared for game ac­tion.

Cousins, in­jured in Game 2 of the first round against the Clip­pers in just his se­cond ca­reer play­off game, started Game 2 of the fi­nals af­ter com­ing off the bench in the se­ries opener. He was a key to the War­riors’ vic­tory Sun­day, fin­ish­ing with 11 points, 10 re­bounds, six as­sists and two blocked shots in 28 min­utes while play­ing in foul trou­ble.

Guard Quinn Cook pro­vided key min­utes down the stretch and scored nine points all on 3s — two in the fourth quar­ter — in 21 min­utes.

“Next-man-up men­tal­ity. Guys rest, guys get hurt, but every­body has con­fi­dence in each other,” Cook said. “It’s good to see the ball go in. Ob­vi­ously at this stage, ev­ery pos­ses­sion means so much.”/ap

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