Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Klay Thompson Feels Like Himself Again After Scoring 41 Points Following His Leg Injuries

Klay Thompson and the Warriors have been anticipating what happened Sunday night at Toyota Center in Houston. Thompson had the worst start to a season in his NBA career but finally broke out with a 41-point outburst that included ten 3-pointers. The Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 127-120 for their first road win for the season.

Thompson’s 41 points is a tie for the most he has scored since his two leg injuries, and his ten 3-pointers were the most he has made since scoring 44 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 21, 2019. The proverbial floodgates opened, in Thompson’s words.

“Man, it feels amazing,” Thompson said after the win to Bonta Hill, Chris Mullin, and Festus Ezeli on Warriors Postgame Live. “That’s it, fellas. It feels amazing. I’m hard on myself. I’ve wanted one of these (games), so to get one and open the floodgates, it’s only up from here, I promise you.”

Thompson’s shot selection was becoming a problem as he entered the game against the Rockets, shooting career lows in field goal percentage (36.3) and 3-point percentage (33.6). Despite his dismal long-range shooting, he was making a career-high 9.6 3-pointer attempts this season.

Before the Warriors’ victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night, the team may have discussed the player’s propensity for firing away. However, Thompson won’t give up shooting. He cannot stop shooting, according to the Warriors. He needs to choose his spots more carefully. Don’t exert any pressure. Allow the offense to flow naturally as the shots come in.

Thompson has 61 points after the team meeting on Friday, shooting 22-of-39 from the field and 14-of-23 from 3-point range. He might have been pushing the matter early in the season, but not now.

“You know Mully, when I keep the game simple, I am at my best,” Thompson explained. “And when I simplify things, that’s when I go for 60 (points) or ten threes. I’m not the most flashy player, but I’m efficient when I’m keeping it simple. Tonight, was one of those nights, and tonight, I was trying to build on this and replicate it through the season.”

It’s unlikely that Thompson will play when the Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night at Smoothie King Center because he hasn’t participated in the second game of back-to-backs since his return from a 31-month absence last year. Although he wants to play, he trusts his medical team.