The 2015 NBA Finals has been a fascinating affair so far with the two contrasting styles of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors colliding in front on record audiences.
Unfortunately, much like the 2014-15 regular-season, injuries are threatening to overshadow what many believe could be one of the great Finals.
With the Cavaliers overcoming the loss of Kyrie Irving in Game Two it is the turn of Golden State Warriors fans to have their fingers crossed ahead of tonight's Game Three. This after rumors, based on one specific photo, began circulating that one of their top stars in injured.
Channel 3 Sports out of Ohio is reporting, via FanSided, that Klay Thompson, one half of the Warriors' lethal Splash Brothers, was dealing with a "noticeable limp" when arriving in Cleveland. They attached a photo showing some heavy strapping around Thompson's knee.
The image has some of a Golden State persuasion worried that they could go into a crucial game - the series is tied at 1-1 - with a hobbled, or absent, star player.
Of course, whilst the image clearly shows the shooting guard isn't totally free of injury concerns, the heavy strapping may simply be a lasting effect of a tough Game Two. With Game Three still a few hours away, and this photo taken late last night, there is a very good chance that he will be good to go come game time.
If the pain, and limp, fails to dissipate before tip off, though, the pressure will really be turned up on Steph Curry to take it to Cleveland in his home state.
Thompson has actually been outperforming Curry so far this Finals series after overcoming a concussion scare.
Seeing him take a seat on the bench for such a crucial game would suddenly make the Cavs favorites for a series they were given little hope of winning after the loss of Irving.
After returning from the imposing Oracle Center with a win in their column, Cleveland now have a great chance of taking the ascendancy in the Finals series with two straight home game. Golden State will need all men on deck if they are to keep them in check.
NBA fans: Who do you think will win the 2015 Finals series? Make your predictions in the comments below...
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