Steve Kerr said Klay Thompson told him he just needed a 'two minute rest' after ACL tear

Klay Thompson was ready to just walk off an ACL tear and continue playing in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Of course, we all now know the Golden State Warriors guard blew out his knee at the end of the third quarter in the team’s loss to the Toronto Raptors — who won their first NBA title — but at the time, Thompson and his team were not aware of the severity of his injury.
Thompson landed awkwardly while trying to dunk, and he was fouled by Raptors’ Danny Green. He immediately hit the ground and began wincing before leaving the court to get it checked out.

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But, in a remarkably tough turn of events, Thompson ended up returning to the court to shoot two free throws, as the result of a rule stating he would not have been able to return to the game if he didn’t go to the line because it was not a flagrant foul. He made both free throws before eventually leaving the game for good.

Klay Thompson walked back on the court with a torn ACL and knocked down both free throws. LEGEND. pic.twitter.com/0lKKtYZd9i
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 14, 2019

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After the loss, coach Steve Kerr explained what he thought happened and, more importantly, what Thompson said to him in those moments. Via ASAP Sports:
“Well, I think what happened was he wasn’t aware of the rule that if you don’t shoot the free throws, you can’t come back in the game. So I think somebody told him in the hallway. Klay being Klay he just turned right around and came back and shot the free throws. And we committed the automatic foul to get him out of the game and he came back and he told me just two minutes. I think there was just two minutes left in the third, and he said just a two minute rest, I’ll be ready. And next thing I heard was he was done for the night from Drew Yoder, our trainer.
What an actual genuine warrior willing to do anything for his team. Thompson is expected to be out until at least February or March, but he needed “just two minutes” of rest before going back in for the fourth quarter.
Plus, the amount of adrenaline that must have been rushing through him to outweigh the pain of tearing an ACL is unfathomable. Thompson was not only walking back to the locker room initially, but after he shot his two free throws, he jogged back down the tunnel.
That kind of tough is next-level.

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