Thompson’s confidantes: No concussion, will be ready for Game 1 

click to enlarge Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson lies on the court after being injured during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. - AP PHOTO/TONY AVELAR
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  • Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson lies on the court after being injured during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Warriors co-owner Peter Guber emerged online Thursday and declared on Twitter he was "finally up from a crazy night." Presumably, many of the Warriors players burnt the midnight oil, as well, to celebrate Wednesday night's 104-90 Game 5 win and newly-minted NBA Western Conference title.

Klay Thompson was not among them. Such was the hangover of absorbing a flying Trevor Ariza kneecap to the right temple, and according to the Warriors post-game statement, developing concussion-like symptoms after the game.

Thankfully for the Warriors, according to Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, the 6-foot-7 sharpshooter does not have a concussion. Thompson underwent preliminary testing Thursday and is scheduled to be seen by a neurologist today, though he still likely needs to pass the NBA's mandated concussion protocol.

"My understanding is that [the initial tests] was negative," Duffy told USA Today. "There were no issues."

When asked if Thompson had a concussion, Duffy said, "No."

Furthermore, Thompson's father, Mychal, relayed to the Associated Press that his son was "feeling better by the hour," and that he expected him to be ready to go in Game 1 of the NBA Finals next Thursday night.

Said Mychal: "I'm not a doctor, but if I'm going to guess in layman's terms, yeah I think so."

Thompson's injury and potential NBA Finals status were an understandably hot topic yesterday.

First, the elder Thompson, a former league standout, described a subdued father-son post-game scene to ESPN Radio: "He was pretty woozy last night. I had to drive him home; he wasn't able to drive himself home. And when he got home, he threw up a couple times, then after he threw up, he started feeling a lot better."

Then, Warriors general manager Bob Myers, took to the airwaves on 95.7 The Game and elaborated that the visible blood oozing from Thompson's head was not coming out of his ear drum, but from "an external cut underneath that area." The laceration required three stitches.

"Depending on what he has going on, he'll have to go through whatever series of tests he has to go through to see when he can come back and play," Myers said. "We'll err on the side of caution, make sure he is healthy, follow all the rules, listen to our doctors and hope he can come back in time to play. It's a good window of time to get healthy, so we'll take it as slow as we need to."

Meanwhile, Thompson did emerge online to post a photo from the team's award ceremony on his Instagram in the afternoon — "All the hard work paying off. We're not done tho!" But apparently he did little else (though he did make sure to virtually shout out the performances of Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes).

Going forward, Thompson may still be subject to the NBA's Concussion Protocol.

It begins with the "Return-to Participation Decisions," which states:

"Once a player is diagnosed with a concussion he is then held out of all activity until he is symptom-free at rest and until he has no appreciable difference from his baseline neurological exam and his baseline score on the computerized cognitive assessment test.

"The concussed player may not return to participation until he is asymptomatic at rest and has successfully completed the NBA concussion return-to-participation exertion protocol."

From there, the "Return-to Participation Protocol" applies, which states:

"The return to participation protocol involves several steps of increasing exertion — from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills.

"With each step, a player must be symptom free to move to the next step. If a player is not symptom free after a step, he stops until he is symptom free and begins again at the previous step of the protocol (i.e., the last step he passed without any symptoms).

"While the final return-to participation decision is to be made by the player's team physician, the team physician must discuss the return-to-participation process and decision with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the Director of the NBA's Concussion Program, prior to the player being cleared for full participation in NBA Basketball.

"It's important to note that there is no timeframe to complete the protocol. Each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case."

In any case, with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six days, time off is vital for both Thompson and the Warriors.

Thanks to their series-clinching win in Game 5, Steve Kerr's team has plenty of time to prepare. The Warriors are expected to have light workouts today and Saturday, take Sunday off, then ratchet up normal practices on Monday and Tuesday.

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