Thompson feels ‘great,’ expects to play Game 1 

OAKLAND -- The news was positive for Warriors swingman Klay Thomson as it concerned his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Thompson returned to live practice on Monday for the first time since being diagnosed with a concussion in last week's Western Conference Finals-clinching victory.

"I feel great," Thompson reported. "I'm well on my way there. I haven't been cleared yet, but I fully expect to be."

Thompson scrimmaged and participated in defensive drills while going "full bore" in practice, according to coach Steve Kerr. By their accounts, the 6-foot-7 Splash Brother will be ready to go on Thursday night for the opening tip.

Thompson could be cleared to play in the next two days. His condition will be re-assessed this morning.

Teammate Andrew Bogut didn't seem to notice much difference from his All-Star teammate and his normal self.

"Same as always," Bogut joked. "You can't notice with Klay. Pre- and post-concussive symptoms, the same."

Thompson said he "didn't do much for the first couple days" after taking the blow to head from Rockets forward Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of Game 5. He was spotted Sunday, an off day for the team, at O.Co Coliseum for the Athletics game. He also mentioned the concussion was the second of his career, with the first sustained during his freshman year of high school.

"I honestly only had one tough night, the night of the game," Thompson said. "Just had a headache until I went to sleep, but I woke up the next morning, got a good breakfast and I felt great, honestly. It was just that night of the game my head was a little shook, and my equilibrium was a little off."

Certainly, for those watching Thompson's postgame interview on television, the lack of a concussion diagnosis at the time seemed somewhat puzzling.

it didn't help that, the following day, his agent Bill Duffy was quoted saying his client did not have a concussion. The Warriors released a statement on Friday confirming that he, in fact, had been diagnosed with one.

"They said that's pretty normal at first," Thompson said of feeling near-normal immediately following Ariza's knee met his head. "It might have been because my adrenaline, I was so excited we were playing so well. I honestly felt great through the celebration, then a couple hours after the game, I had a little headache, felt a little woozy."

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