Warriors guard Klay Thompson will miss at least a week with a fractured right thumb, a source confirmed to The Chronicle on Wednesday.
Thompson sustained the injury during the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to Minnesota, but continued to play, finishing with 21 points on 8-for-22 shooting and four turnovers in 40 minutes. He will get re-evaluated by team doctors next Thursday, ruling him out for at least four games: Wednesday against the Lakers, Friday against Sacramento, Saturday in Phoenix and Monday in San Antonio.
The earliest Thompson could return is for Golden State’s March 23 game against Atlanta, though a source told The Chronicle that he is likely to be out longer. Thompson, who is averaging 19.7 points, 2.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds, had missed only one game (rest) this season.
His absence is a significant blow to an already-depleted team chasing Houston for the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed. With 15 regular-season games left, the Warriors trail the Rockets by two games. Catching Houston, which has won 19 of its past 20 games, could require near-perfection from Golden State — a daunting task given the team’s recent rash of injuries.
Stephen Curry (tweaked right ankle) is also expected to miss at least four more games. Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness), Patrick McCaw (non-displaced fracture, left wrist) and David West (right arm cyst) were ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Lakers, though none of their injuries is necessarily considered serious.
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Without Curry, Thompson and McCaw, the Warriors had only three true backcourt players — Quinn Cook, Shaun Livingston and Nick Young — available against Los Angeles. To shore up the roster, Golden State recalled two-way-contract-player Chris Boucher — a 6-foot-10 rookie forward out of Oregon — from the G League.
The good news for the Warriors: Jordan Bell (right ankle sprain) and Andre Iguodala (left wrist sprain), who have both missed the past three games, were poised to return Wednesday.
Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @Con_Chron
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