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Klay Thompson Sprains Ankle in Win Over Pacers

The Golden State Warriors are off to a record setting 23-0 start to the season after defeating the Indiana Pacers 131-123 on Tuesday night.

The backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson has played extremely well during the undefeated start to the season.

However, on Tuesday late in the game, Thompson sprained his ankle and his status is uncertain for Friday and Saturday’s game.

Thompson walked under his own power but noticeably limped following the game. Team officials said that x-rays had been negative. Luke Walton the interim head coach said the Warriors would know more following an evaluation of Thompson’s ankle on Wednesday morning.

Thompson said following the game, it would likely be sore for the next few days, but that he looks to be back as soon as possible.

Before his unfortunate sprain, Thompson scored 39 points, his season high in the win over Indiana.

He told reporters that he hoped he could play in Friday’s game at Boston or Saturday at Milwaukee.

With just 58 seconds remaining in the game, Thompson leaped up to contest a shot taken by Chase Budinger a forward for Indiana. He landed close to Shaun Livingston his teammate and turned the ankle. He was not sure if he turned it hitting the floor or on someone else’s foot.

Thompson hit 10 of his 3-point shots against Indiana to pace the Warriors in scoring. He and teammates J.R. Smith and Curry are the only players in league history with multiple games of 10 or more 3-point baskets.

Golden State was up by 28 points entering the fourth quarter and sat its starters. A run during the fourth by Indiana forced Walton to reinsert Thompson as well as other Warriors starters into the lineup to preserve the win.

The last time Golden State played without Thompson was November 14 when their game went to overtime in a win over the Brooklyn Nets. Thompson sat out that game due to back stiffness.

The play of Thompson and reigning MVP Curry has carried the Warriors to their 23-0 start, even though Thompson started his season slower than did Curry.

The Warriors are off to such a torrid start that losing their first game could prove to take a lot of wind from their sales.

Having Thompson absent from the line up against Boston on Friday will slow the offense down, but the team is so explosive on offense that they will find a way to compensate until the All-Star returns.

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