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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Steve Kerr says Klay Thompson minutes will increase soon

CHICAGO — Klay Thompson was out Friday night against the Chicago Bulls — avoided playing in consecutive games as part of the Warriors’ plan to get him back in the game after a two-season absence — but he could see his biggest playing time yet. still in the next Golden State game.

The next phase of Thompson’s gradual increase in playing time is expected to come Sunday against the Timberwolves, coach Steve Kerr said Friday before kick-off. Thompson was limited to 20 minutes per game, but starting Sunday he will start to see a few more.

“I think the plan is to give it a little push on Sunday,” Kerr said. “Not too much, but a few minutes and go.”

Thompson’s concern is not his surgical repair of the Achilles tendon or anterior cruciate ligament, but his condition after such a long absence during rehabilitation from both injuries. He went 941 days between games. But after three games ago, Thompson said he felt great.

After a 20-minute game Tuesday in Memphis, Thompson said, “Now I don’t even feel tired.”

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The upside of the Warriors’ crushing loss in their next game, a 118-99 loss to Milwaukee, was a small milestone for Thompson.

After falling far behind at half-time, Thompson began the third quarter playing the first 10 minutes of the second half, his longest stint since returning to the court. Thompson had previously been limited to five-minute stretches – usually the opening and closing periods of each half – but Thompson was not eliminated until Kerr called a timeout at 1:47 on the clock.

“It was good; it was important,” Kerr said. “I thought that Clay, playing a 10-minute stretch and not looking tired, was great. I know he didn’t shoot as well as he wanted, but his condition looked great.”

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