Klay Thompson out with fractured right thumb, to be re-evaluated March 22

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson?has fractured his right thumb and will be re-evaluated March 22, the team announced Wednesday.

League sources told ESPN that Thompson could miss up to two weeks. That would force Thompson's absence for the next seven games.

The 6-foot-6 sharpshooter suffered the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he continued to play through it.

To this point, Thompson had missed only one game (rest) this season, and it came in an early January contest when the LA Clippers were in town.

The Warriors will be without their starting backcourt for at least the next four games.

The franchise announced that two-time MVP Stephen Curry would be sidelined further with a troublesome right ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. That means he will sit out the next four games -- Wednesday at home against the Lakers, Friday at home against the Kings and road games at Phoenix on Saturday and at San Antonio on Monday.

Draymond Green will also sit out Wednesday's game with right shoulder soreness.

Injuries to these three All-Stars are not considered to be serious, sources said. The team is erring on the side of caution.

This is a clear sign that the defending champions are valuing health heading into the playoffs over making a run at the No. 1 seed. Golden State is two games behind the conference-leading Houston Rockets.

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