Warriors’ Klay Thompson will likely play Game 5 against the Rockets

When Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson went down to a strained kneeĀ in the team’s Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, it had fans in Oakland concerned.

Once Klay did return to the court, he was not his normal self. It helped the Rockets stage a comeback of epic proportions to pull the series even with Game 5 set to take place in Houston Thursday evening.

Originally listed as questionable for this all-important game, Thompson is now likely to play. Meanwhile, Andre Iguodala is a game-time decision after missing the last outing.

It’s not yet known if Thompson is near 100 percent. With the series tied at two and the Warriors’ backs up against the wall, there was really no way the All-Star would miss Thursday’s game.

After blowing a 12-point fourth quarter lead on Tuesday, Golden State needs two win one of the final two games in Houston in order to earn a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. Thompson should play a role in the outcome of the series, no matter what said outcome might be.

Through the first four games of the conference finals, Thompson is averaging just 14.8 points on 39 percent shooting.