Grading Key Golden State Warriors Players In Game 2 Win Against Spurs

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Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson

May 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) celebrates after his team

Klay Thompson, welcome to the playoffs. After averaging a somewhat underwhelming 15.3 points per game thus far in the postseason, Thompson exploded for 34 points, 29 of which he scored in the first half.

Plus, Thompson was disruptive on defense against Tony Parker, and showed that he could be one of the best two-way players in the league today. He came out firing early on in this one, hitting from mid-range, fade-away post ups, lots of catch and shoots three-pointers, and even making a handful of deep ones off his own dribble.

Although Thompson was quieter offensively in the second half, he was finishing strong on transition plays. Then, hit a clutch three-pointer to end the third quarter that helped build the team’s confidence. The only real knock on his Game 2 performance was his continued tendency to pick up ticky-tack fouls in inopportune moments.

Still, Game 2 was by far and away the best game of young Thompson’s career. If he can maintain this kind of outside shooting through this series, the Spurs could be cooked.

Grade: A