Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson says he has some "great momentum" going into the play-offs, having returned from two years on the sidelines.
Golden State are 15/2 to win the NBA Championship outright and 7/2 to win the Western Conference title.
Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of Golden State's 2019 NBA Finals series defeat to Toronto Raptors and missed the entirety of the following season as he recovered.
The three-time champion then sustained a serious Achilles tendon injury in November 2020, which meant he sat out the entire 2020/21 season, before he was finally able to make a return in January this year.
The shooting guard managed 32 appearances for the Warriors during the regular season, averaging 20.4 points per-game and 3.6 three-pointers, and Thompson says he is ready to make an impact in the play-offs, having put his injury woes behind him.
,"A lot of ups and downs for me this season, but I stuck with it and will continue to do that," he said via CBS Bay Area after scoring a season-high 41 points in the Warriors 128-107 win at New Orleans Pelicans in their final game of the regular season.
"I have some great momentum going into the play-offs. I can't wait. So excited for the play-offs, having to watch the last two years was painful. To be back and be a part of it, I'm just geeked thinking about it."
Golden State claimed the third seed in the Western Conference and they will face Denver Nuggets in the first round of the play-offs, with Game 1 set to take place on Saturday.