Whereas the West Coast has been experiencing a chilly entrance like by no means earlier than, Klay Thompson has been as sizzling as fish grease the final two months. He started to warmth up across the holidays and hasn’t slowed down regardless of all discuss him being “washed.” If this model of Thompson is washed, throw me within the spin cycle proper now. Thompson’s additionally been a big a part of preserving Golden State afloat whereas fellow splash brother Stephen Curry is out with a leg damage.
Since ringing in the brand new 12 months, Klay has three video games the place he’s made no less than 10 three-point makes an attempt, and in two of these, he hit 12. Within the sport the place he hit 10 threes, he scored 54 factors and shot practically 54 p.c general from the sphere. Within the calendar 12 months of 2023, Thompson is averaging 26.3 factors per sport which is nicely above his season common of twenty-two.1. That’s not half dangerous for a man many slapping the washed label on earlier this season.
Those that assume Thompson is finished aren’t paying consideration. The Warriors are hanging within the playoff race proper now, and he’s an enormous a part of why that’s doable. One other a part of the Warriors’ championship large three, Draymond Inexperienced, is now MIA due to a knee damage. After beating Minnesota at residence Sunday night time, the Warriors climbed again above .500 and presently sit in seventh place within the western convention.
With Curry and Inexperienced out of the lineup, the three-point sniper turns into the de facto chief of this younger group of Warriors who’ve struggled at occasions this season. Andrew Wiggins, who was large in Golden State’s title run final 12 months, has additionally been out and in of the lineup this 12 months attributable to nagging accidents and has missed the final 4 video games himself.
There hasn’t been a time when Thompson’s presence has been extra essential in current reminiscence. Undoubtedly not, since he returned from a two-year damage hiatus final season. So, let’s cease with this narrative that this man is all washed up and may’t nonetheless play at a excessive stage. It’s simply not true. And when you’ve counted the Warriors out due to them hovering round .500 all season, don’t sleep on them within the postseason. None of those prime groups within the west need to see a wholesome Golden State in a seven-game sequence.
The defending champs are only a half-game again of Dallas for sixth within the west and one sport behind the Clippers for fifth. With 21 video games left on the schedule, the Warriors might get their guys again wholesome at simply the correct time, much like how issues shook out final 12 months. And everyone knows what occurred as soon as it was successful time within the playoffs. The champs reclaimed their throne and put all of the doubters to sleep. That’s what Klay is doing, laying all these false claims to relaxation.