Thompson: Klay Thompson finally explodes and makes the Warriors’ blueprint clear
This was the performance I was longing for. It has been worth its steep prop. Klay Thompson he had every right to talk that talk, shout four fingers, roar from his diaphragm and bark back at his critics. But that wasn’t the mood for Thompson after his first monster performance of the season, a 41-point night that propelled the first warriors road win of the season.
“I don’t care anymore,” Thompson said. “I’ve really let the trolls get to me. Like, ‘What am I doing?’ I just had one revelation where I was like, ‘Man, just be you and everything will play out.’ whatever you want. But I know how great I am and what I’m capable of, and I think true Warriors fans know that, too.”
This was the old Klay, the one who got a little lost trying to summon. Not only in the large number he put. But also in how he got his shots. As was the case in Friday’s win against New York, Thompson let the offense come to him, milking the drives and pace that have always fueled his game. Then when it was over, his demeanor was like the old Klay too. Appropriately excited, but not desperate.
Thompson has talked a lot this season, reminding people of his greatness, what he’s overcome, how he never stays long and that the floodgates would open. But on Sunday, in Houston, he let the Toyota Center’s gaping holes be his final argument. He found his game losing its inclination to revive it.
“He’s not worried about what’s going on with Klay,” Draymond Green said “He’s worried about what’s going on with this team. And when Klay cares about what’s going on with this team, Klay plays really well and we win. I’ve always said he’s the most competitive guy I’ve ever played with and the most important thing for him has always been winning. Sometimes we all get away from who we are. And in a brotherhood, you need someone to make you who you are again. I have no doubt that if it were me, he would do the same.”
It’s hard to tell that things are turning around when a 74-point performance from the Warriors’ backcourt translates into a nail-biter against the worst team in the Western Conference. The Splash Brothers teamed up with Andrew Wiggins for 23 they made 3 on Sunday, the most by a trio in a single game N.B.A history by ESPNand they still had a hard time sending them Kevin Porter Jr. and crew
Victory of the Warriors by 127-120 over the rockets he outlined the plan for how they need to get their season back on track. star power It’s the four All-Stars who account for $148 million of the salary cap. Maybe it’s not how they came up with it. After a championship, the smart plan would have been to buy them more rest and save them for the latter part of the season. But the Warriors’ bench remains a mess. New veterans are still getting acclimated (and looking better) and young players who are supposed to get bigger roles this season can barely get into the game.
These are issues that will have to be resolved or addressed at some point. But for now, to start this season, they will have to be the protagonists. They will have to play big minutes, produce big performances and orchestrate big wins. It may not be necessary all season. But it’s right now. There are no other options at this time.
“Strength in Numbers” is back to “Strength in Stars”.
Stephen Curry it has been sensational and was particularly spectacular in Houston. He added 33 points on 20 shots, 15 assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. The Warriors outscored Houston by 22 points in Curry’s 37 minutes. He scored eight points with three assists in the final minutes of a tight game, incl a Purvis Short Salute of a 3 delayto shut down the Rockets.
But the Warriors left Houston with a win because Curry got some help. Because Thompson left. Because Wiggins had much of his 22 points in critical moments. Because Draymond Green was on his glue game.
“It felt good to help him out a little bit,” Thompson said. “It felt good to have a big game. I’m my own harshest critic. The first 10 games of the season weren’t easy for me. So to come out and be myself again, it felt amazing.”
One significant way coach Steve Kerr leaned on his stars was to put Draymond Green on the second unit. The Warriors took a 12-point lead into the second quarter, but their reserve unit… Jordan Poole, Don DiVincenzo, Jonathan Kuminga, Anthony Xai i Kevon Looney — gave up a 13-0 run to the Rockets at 2:35. The Warriors’ lead was gone, the lowly Rockets (who entered the game 3-13) were brimming with confidence, and this looked to be another disaster on the road for Golden State. The starters righted the ship and took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. This time, Draymond Green was with the second unit, replacing Looney, along with Poole, DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green i Moses Moody.
Green’s leadership and presence on the court made an immediate impact. It was his pep talk that got Thompson right on the head and into a more effective style of play. Now the player who was thought to have lost his leadership powers, then his pre-season incident with Poolehe was once again the intangible force they desperately needed him to be.
The stars will see them through.
Five observations: Warriors’ first road win; Klay Thompson and Steph Curry combine for 74 points
The Warriors’ veterans have been on the court in close games in the past and have come up short. But if they want to be together this season, they can’t afford it. Even if the bank blows a lead. Even if they don’t play well. If they have a chance to win, the stars must deliver. This is who they are right now.
That’s why Sunday was a good sign. Wiggins still has room to grow. While he’s shooting the 3 at a career-best clip and coming up with some timely buckets, he could really help the team’s defense by blocking that end.
“I don’t think their defense has been as good as last year,” Kerr said. “I think he knows it. It goes hand in hand with the defense of our team.”
But if Curry is playing like the MVP. And Thompson has found his way. And Wiggins is getting buckets and finally stops. And Draymond Green is having his hand on both ends and on the pulse. And if Poole finds the groove that currently eludes him. Then the Warriors can turn this thing around.
It must be the stars.
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