Winning is a total team effort as far as Klay Thompson is concerned, and he even includes the fans in that group.
Thompson’s Golden State Warriors lost at home to the Phoenix Suns 115-111 on Sunday night in a stunning defeat. The win for Phoenix snapped an 18-game losing streak against the Warriors. Thompson and Steph Curry both went 4/15 on threes, with Thompson scoring 28 to lead the team.
After the loss, Thompson said the fans need to do better. He said he wants them to get up for games even when they’re not facing the best opponents.
Klay Thompson wasn’t happy with fans’ support tonight: pic.twitter.com/8aWVHUUgZY
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 11, 2019
Klay Thompson: “I expect our crowd to be a little more into it too. Like I know it’s not the playoffs but it is our last go around in Oracle, the least you can do is stand up when we make a good play.”
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) March 11, 2019
While some will take Thompson’s words as a challenge and as reinforcement of how valuable a role the fans play, others may take offense and feel like he’s deflecting blame. His comments are probably more of the former than the latter and will be sure to cause a reaction in the Bay Area.
The Golden State Warriors caught a bit of a break when they got good news on Klay Thompson’s knee.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, an MRI on Thompson’s troublesome right knee came back clean on Monday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 4, 2019
Thompson has been dealing with knee soreness and was subsequently held out of Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. There’s no real urgency to get him back in the lineup, as the Warriors are safely headed for the playoffs and there’s no reason to push him too far this soon. It sounds like Thompson isn’t facing an extended absence, and it’s probably fair to treat him as day-to-day at this point, though Golden State is certain to proceed with caution with the playoffs so close.
Klay Thompson suffered a nasty finger injury during the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Thompson jammed his left hand on a push-off and ended up with his left ring finger being dislocated around the knuckle.
Klay Thompson dislocated his finger & walked it off as if he had just given Donovan Mitchell a high-five pic.twitter.com/wUek73gtDV
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 13, 2019
Klay Thompson needs someone to pop that back into place. pic.twitter.com/Xliw4gedH8
— Jeff Hauser (@radiohauser) February 13, 2019
Thompson exited the game midway through the first quarter. He was examined by a trainer and later returned in the second quarter, with the team saying he had suffered a sprain.
The Warriors sharpshooter was nonchalant about the injury, acting like it was nothing.
DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston are set to miss the team’s game on Wednesday at Portland, so it’s entirely possible that Thompson joins them to rest and heal.
Klay Thompson had one of the best games of his career against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, and apparently Golden State Warriors fans should be thanking his girlfriend for the fact that he simply could not miss a shot.
Thompson dropped 44 points on an absurd 17-of-20 shooting and 10-of-11 on three-point attempts. He began the game by making his first 10 three-pointers, which is an NBA record. With a number of celebrities at the Staples Center, Klay’s father Mychal calling the game on Lakers radio and his mother in attendance, Thompson was asked after the game if any person in particular inspired his performance. He credited his girlfriend, actress Laura Harrier.
“If it was for anybody, I’d say it was for her,” Thompson told Marcus Thompson III of The Athletic.
Thompson began dating Harrier several months ago, supposedly after he broke up with his ex-girlfriend for sharing too much information about their relationship with gossip publications. Thompson and Harrier have been spotted out in public a couple of times, but this is the first open confirmation Thompson has given that they are dating.
Harrier co-starred in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which was nominated for four Golden Globes earlier this month. Thompson has dated a number of women who are internet famous, but Harrier may be the first who is Hollywood famous.
Remember all that talk about what happened to Klay Thompson and his shot? Neither do I.
Thompson was on absolute fire during the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. In 27 minutes, Thompson was 17/20 from the field including 10/11 on threes for 44 points as he got the Warriors out to a huge lead. In fact, he began the game by making his first 10 three-point shots, which is an NBA record.
After one of his made threes during the third quarter, Thompson flashed a money sign at Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who was attending the game in Los Angeles.
Klay Thompson wildin’ now. Just threw up a money sign at Floyd Mayweather. pic.twitter.com/qWdrSmatzU
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 22, 2019
When Thompson is going that hot, there’s not much you can do except admire the show.
Since a cold stretch a month ago, Thompson has completely turned things around. He’s shooting nearly 53 percent from the field in January and making 44 percent of his threes. What do you think he’s saying to his hand now?
The Golden State Warriors may end up not being able to keep soon-to-be free agents Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins this summer, but it sounds like an unwillingness to spend will have nothing to do with them losing any of the three.
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report wrote on Monday that there is a belief around the NBA that Golden State’s ownership group has given general manager Bob Myers the authority to “offer whatever is necessary” to keep the team’s entire core intact going forward. That would, in theory, mean offering both Durant and Thompson max contract extensions. The situation with Cousins is a bit more complicated.
Durant is eligible for a five-year extension worth around $221 million, and Thompson can cash in for roughly $190 million over five years. The Warriors already signed Stephen Curry to a record $201 million deal in July 2017, so it goes without saying that their luxury tax bill would be astronomical if they keep Durant, Curry and Thompson. Cousins, however, may end up leaving as a free agent if he follows the money.
The Warriors only have Cousins’ non-Bird Rights, so they can offer him up to 120 percent of his 2018-19 salary, which would be $6.4 million. Another team could offer Cousins a four-year max contract of around $140 million. Marc Stein of the New York Times recently reported that there’s a theory Cousins could stick around for one more year in Golden State and sign a long-term contract in 2020, when he’s eligible for more money as a 10-year NBA veteran. However, that would be a risky gamble for a player coming off a torn Achilles who may be able to secure a max contract sooner.
Thompson seems unlikely to leave the Warriors, and there have been hints that he may even be willing to give them a hometown discount. Durant might be more of a risk to leave because of all the drama involving him and Draymond Green earlier in the year, but it will be tough for him to turn down $220 million.
The Warriors will move into a new state-of-the-art arena next year, and it sounds like money is no object at this point. That insane luxury tax bill we have been hearing about for nearly two years may actually become a reality.
Klay Thompson weighed in on his funny comment during the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
Thompson broke out of a shooting slump that had lasted much of the month by going 12/21 including 4 of 5 on threes. After making his fourth three of the night Saturday, Thompson hilariously looked at his shooting hand and said “I missed you” to it.
Klay hadn't hit 4 threes in a game in over 2 weeks.
He yelled "I missed you" at his right hand after hitting his 4th one tonight pic.twitter.com/UQqjYcz6Tu
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 30, 2018
Thompson was asked after the game about his words to his hand going viral and put together a thoughtful response. He said he tries to avoid the internet because it “is a volatile place.”
Klay Thompson on his ‘I miss you’ message to his hand going crazy online: “The Internet is a volatile place. I don’t try to be on there too much…Mass information is crazy. I try to read books.” pic.twitter.com/DkW1LpYePA
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 30, 2018
Deep thinker, that Klay Thompson. Though he’s putting together the worst shooting season of his career, he still has plenty of time to turn things around.