Warriors’ Klay Thompson to return from injury Saturday

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson wants to be with the team for the long haul.

As has been widely speculated over the past week, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will return from his eight-game absence Saturday against the Sacramento Kings.

Thompson had been sidelined to a fractured right thumb over those past eight games. During that span, his Warriors posted a 2-6 record. This comes after Kevin Durant returned one game earlier and with Stephen Curry sidelined through at least the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

At 54-21 on the season, Golden State will ultimately start the playoffs as the No. 2 seed out west. Having both Durant and Thompson back will be big for their hopes of repeating as champs.

Thompson, 28, is averaging 19.7 points on 49 percent shooting, including a 44 percent mark from distance.