However, halfway down the tunnel, Thompson stopped and turned around, making his way back out the the court in a moment that would turn out to be eerily reminiscent of the time Kobe Bryant stayed in the game to shoot free throws on a torn Achilles tendon.
Like Bryant did in 2013, Thompson made both of his free throws before heading back to the locker room and eventually leaving the arena on crutches. The Warriors led 85-80 when Thompson departed, but the Raptors came back to win 114-110, clinching the first championship in team history. After the game, an MRI revealed that Thompson had suffered a torn ACL.
Once the news of the severity of Thompson's injury was reported, NBA players sent him messages on social media wishing him a speedy recovery.
Klay returns from tunnel after awkward landing
Klay Thompson goes up for a dunk, comes down awkwardly on his left knee and returns from the tunnel to shoot the free throws.
Thompson leaves arena on crutches
Klay Thompson walks with the help of crutches and his left knee wrapped up after leaving Game 6 due to injury.