Against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors showcased their tenacity and the exceptional prowess of Klay Thompson, echoing his history of remarkable performances.
Thompson’s Remarkable Comeback
Klay Thompson’s electrifying performance in the fourth quarter was a reminder of his numerous scoring achievements.
Scoring 10 points consecutively during a critical period, he concluded the game with a total of 22 points. Stephen Curry, contributing 26 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds, praised Thompson's crucial role: "We needed it," Curry said.
"… I know he didn't have much going before that run. That's Klay." Steve Kerr, the Warriors' coach, commended Thompson for his determination. “It felt like the game rewarded him for just continuing to fight and not worrying about anything.
He kept shooting, and the ball kind of bounced his way,” Kerr stated.
Navigating Through Injuries
The game was particularly challenging for the Warriors, who were missing key players Chris Paul and Gary Payton II due to injuries, and forward Andrew Wiggins due to an accident.
Despite these obstacles, the Warriors led by 18 points in the first half and successfully preserved their lead. Thompson’s performance stood out as he addressed his struggles. “That felt so good, because at times I feel like I’ve been pressing,” Thompson admitted.
His perseverance despite shooting challenges was a highlight of his character and skill.
Notable Performances and Future Encounters
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden of the Clippers presented formidable opposition.
However, the Warriors, led by Curry and Thompson, maintained their ground. The intensity of the game was underscored by Curry's technical foul, his first since January 2023. Draymond Green's comprehensive contribution was also crucial to the Warriors' victory.
The teams are scheduled for a rematch in Los Angeles, promising another riveting game. Celebrating the date 11/30/23 in homage to Thompson, Curry, and Green, the Warriors acknowledged the trio's profound impact. Kerr reflected on his journey with these players: “I’m forever in these guys’ debt, forever,” he said, looking at a mural of the three stars.
"The good fortune of taking this job, my first job in the NBA as a coach, to get to coach these guys for a decade. I mean it doesn’t happen often. So I’m just extremely fortunate and not just for the success but for the relationships we’ve built with all three of them.
I love all three guys, it’s been an amazing decade, and we’re still together, it’s pretty remarkable”.