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Klay Thompson Says Warriors Would Have Won NBA Finals if He Didn't Suffer Torn ACL

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Well, Klay Thompson, you're definitely not the only one in this boat.

The Golden State Warriors star told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic that he thinks his team would've won the 2019 NBA Finals if he hadn't suffered a torn ACL during Game 6, and it's hard to disagree with him.

Thompson's take isn't the hottest in the world, because if you have him alongside his Splash Brother, Steph Curry, and defensive dynamo, Draymond Green, that changes the entire dynamic for the remainder of Game 6 and the potential Game 7.

Despite sustaining the knee injury in the third quarter, Thompson put up a game-high 30 points in 32 minutes, sinking four of his six 3-pointers. The founder of Klaytheism also came back from the locker room to shoot free throws after tearing his ACL in order to preserve the option of coming back into the game.

The three-time champion has a knack for legendary Game 6s, with his biggest coming against the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The five-time All-Star poured in 41 points, including 11 threes, to avoid elimination. The Warriors would complete the comeback from a 3-1 deficit against OKC and then blow a 3-1 lead of their own in the Finals though.

It should be noted that Thompson also said what-ifs don't matter and that it's all about getting the job done in the same article, so Raptors fans shouldn't take this as a shot at them.