Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a torn ACL after he left Thursday's Game 6 loss to the Toronto Raptors with a left knee injury.
Thompson's agent, Greg Lawrence, confirmed the news to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and this was later confirmed by the Warriors.
Thompson went down on a third-quarter dunk attempt when he was fouled by Danny Green. He remained in the game to shoot two free throws before exiting.
Thompson left the arena on crutches after the Warriors formally ruled him out for the remainder of the contest.
Thompson maintained his typical level of durability during the regular season, appearing in 78 games and averaging 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
The five-time All-Star missed the first playoff game of his NBA career, though, when he strained his hamstring in Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Thompson's injury came one game after the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to a ruptured Achilles tendon in his first appearance since suffering a calf injury versus the Houston Rockets in the second round.
After the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was understandably upset by seeing another one of his key contributors go down with a serious injury, and he referred to Thompson's ACL tear as "devastating."
"When Klay goes down and is out for the game, it's just sort of a, 'You gotta be kidding me. This has to stop,'" Kerr said, via ESPN. "But it's just ... the way it's gone, I don't know if it's related to five straight seasons of playing 100-plus games and just all the wear and tear, but it's devastating."
The injury comes at a tough time for Thompson, as he is set to enter unrestricted free agency this summer, and he will now likely miss a major chunk of the 2019-20 season. Still though, considering the fact that he remains relatively young (29), and that he is one of the greatest shooters that the game has ever seen, there will likely be no shortage of suitors for his services.
It will be interesting to see though if the injury does scare off any potential suitors, or if it makes the Warriors think twice about offering Thompson the max money that he is eligible for.