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In another boost for the top-flight Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson completed a week of five-on-five scrimmages and was cleared to participate in team practices full time.

According to athleticismThompson is expected to be ready for a comeback the week before Christmas Day.

While training with the stars of the Warriors at the speed of play is not Thompson’s priority, scrums with the rotating team players will be where he finds his marks.

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Klay Thompson has been consistent in his return to the field. Harry How / Getty Images / AFPSource: AFP

It will be the first time he has played an unrestrained contact session with other NBA players since suffering the first of his two major injuries in June 2019.

Australian basketball player Dante Exum was among Thompson’s first five-on-five games last week after being sidelined by the Houston Rockets on the eve of the NBA season.

The number five pick in the 2014 NBA Draft has had a checkered career so far, being drafted by the Utah Jazz and traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers before landing in Houston.

Klay Thompson has been out of an NBA game for 892 days, tearing his Achilles tendon in the final stages of his rehabilitation for a left ACL injury.

Dante Exum played in five-on-five scrimmages with the Warriors star. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The Warriors were in no rush to speed up their superstar’s rehabilitation, and coach Steve Kerr referred to the Brooklyn Net’s treatment of Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury as team direction.

Now Thompson needs to restore his physical form and playing strength to the level needed to compete in the NBA and his next month will be essentially a training camp with the goal of returning in late December.

“I’m going to be honest, I don’t expect to come back with balls against the wall, 38 minutes a night, keeping the best player, going through about 100 screens,” Thompson said in March.

“But I’ll come to this. I guarantee it.

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Thompson said he doesn’t expect him to play huge minutes on his return, appearing for 18-22 minutes to start.

Kerr also claimed he wouldn’t be back on a road game, saving Thompson’s huge appearance for the Chase Center.

He’s likely to make his first appearance in over 900 days on Dec.20 against the Sacramento Kings or Dec.23 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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