SportsPulse: By choosing to play it safe and rest Klay Thompson, the Warriors took a calculated risk in Game 3. If Thompson and Kevin Durant come back for Game 4, that risk could pay off.
OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors are in trouble.
With a caveat.
That dire forecast is subject to change based on the availability of All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who missed Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
The Toronto Raptors won 123-109 and a took a 2-1 series lead, and the absences of Durant and Thompson, who was a game-time decision after sustaining a mild hamstring pull in Game 2, were glaring.
It’s one thing to beat Toronto without Durant — as the Warriors did in Game 2 — but it’s another to beat the Raptors without Durant and Thompson. It’s difficult to do.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr keeps saying it’s a long series, and the decision to sit Thompson was based on not making the injury worse and risking his availability for the rest of the series.
“I never would have forgiven…