Warriors' Thompson starts Game 2 despite ankle ailment

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson started Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night despite a left high ankle sprain.

After the Warriors made the game-time decision to put him in the lineup, Thompson tied for the team high with seven first-quarter points.

Thompson was injured in the Game 1 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a collision with JR Smith and briefly left the contest. He finished with 24 points Thursday, hitting 5 of 10 3-point attempts, but he did not practice Saturday.

Thompson said Saturday about the injury, on which Smith slipped and slid into his leg, "From watching that replay, it pissed me off. That's a tough play on the ball, and then just to tumble into somebody's legs like that. You've got to move past it, but it's just life, and I'm going to be better from it. It's just a minor setback. But I don't think it was intentional.

"He was remorseful, so I don't think he meant to do it. It just sucks. It's a part of the game. It just sucks from the timing, during the Finals. But no one's going to feel sorry for us or me. So I've just got to do everything I possibly can these next 24 hours to be right for tomorrow."

Thompson began play Sunday averaging 20.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in the postseason. In the regular season, he averaged 20 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

As for the Warriors' other primary injury concern, before the game, coach Steve Kerr ruled out Andre Iguodala due to a left lateral leg contusion. Kerr said he remains optimistic Iguodala will be able to play at some point in this series.

Golden State guard Patrick McCaw, who is dealing with a lumbar injury, dressed for the game.

--Field Level Media