Klay Thompson (ankle) back in lineup for Warriors vs. Bucks

ByEthan Sherwood Strauss ESPN logo
Sunday, December 13, 2015

MILWAUKEE -- After sitting out Friday's double-overtime victory over the Boston Celtics with a sprained ankle, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is returned to the starting lineup for Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Thompson had been a game-time decision. Interim Warriors coach Luke Walton watched him go through his pregame shootaround Saturday night.

After the warm-up, Thompson discussed his status with Walton and Lachlan Penfold, Golden State's head of physical performance and sports medicine. Thompson relayed that he was feeling well, and the Warriors elected to play him, after some deliberation.

Thompson sprained his ankle in the final minute of Tuesday's victory over the Indiana Pacers. He was questionable before Friday's game, and the team rested him in part because it wanted to be cautious about playing him in back-to-back games.

Thompson's presence augments a 24-0 Warriors team that seeks to keep its historic streak alive. In both games Thompson missed this season -- at Boston and a Nov. 14 home matchup with the Brooklyn Nets -- the Warriors needed overtime to emerge with the win.