Klay Thompson Describes Anxiety of Missing Game 3 of the NBA Finals

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The Warriors missed Klay Thompson in a huge way in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against Toronto.

That's a scientific fact.

Steph Curry scored a playoff career-high 47 points but he didn't get much help from his teammates.

"Very weird not being out there joining him," Klay told reporters on Thursday afternoon. "(There is) a lot more anxiety than playing because you can't really control anything. It's all out of your hands.

"All you can do is support your teammates and be the best teammate you can be. Give Quinn (Cook) advice where to get good shots, tell Steph what I'm seeing.

"No athlete wants to go through that, but it's part of sports. It's adversity and it makes you tougher."

Fortunately for the Dubs, Klay will be available for Game 4 on Friday night.

"That extra night of rest really helped," he said. "And I just can't wait to get out here tomorrow."

A confident Klay said he will not be compromised.

"I'll be myself," he declared.

If it was up to the two-time All-NBA selection, he would have taken the floor on Wednesday night. But he wasn't the ultimate decision-maker.

"Never would have forgiven myself if I played him tonight and he had gotten hurt," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told said after Golden State's 123-109 loss. "So, you live with the decision you make, you make a wise decision, the wisest one you can, and then you live with it and move forward."

The Dubs -- who trail the best-of-seven series two games to one -- still won't be at full strength as Kevin Durant (right calf strain) was ruled out for Game 4.

Game 5 is on Monday night in Toronto.

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