Despite scoring 67 points in the first half, the Warriors put up a mere 43 in the second half and lost on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. While it was a disappointing loss, Klay Thompson found his stroke, and that’s a huge positive for the Warriors.
Thompson has scored well since returning in January, having missed the last two and a half years with back-to-back season-ending injuries. However, what hadn’t quite returned for the five-time All-Star guard was his efficiency.
The Golden State Warriors lost 121-110 on Friday night, but Klay Thompson found his rhythm which will be a huge positive moving forward.
Thompson poured in a game-high 37 points on 26 shots, making 14 of them.
He also rained in 9 triples as well. He looked like the old version of himself, and that’s going to be important moving forward, especially as the Warriors look to hang onto the third spot in the Western Conference.
With two-time MVP Stephen Curry sidelined until the playoffs with a sprained foot, the Dubs are going to ride or die with Jordan Poole and Thompson leading the way.
This isn’t quite his season-high though as he scored 38 in 33 minutes against the Bucks earlier this month, a game in which Poole also scored 30 and the Dubs beat Milwaukee at the Chase Center.
While it wasn’t a season-high scoring total for Thompson, it was a season-high 40 minutes that head coach Steve Kerr gave the star guard, and considering he may be asked to log heavy minutes in the playoffs, it’s terrific that any restrictions have been lifted.
If the Warriors are going to go the distance this season, they will need Thompson to shoot better than 41% from the field, and if he can manage games like he did last night, the Dubs are going to be just fine.
Thompson is going to be an X-factor, and despite a loss, this type of explosive performance is what you like to see from your stars.