Fresh off scoring 40 or more points in back to back games -- a career first -- Klay Thompson has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Booyah, bask in it, dance beside the fireplace and raise a glass to the heavens.
West Player of the Week - @KlayThompson— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 28, 2016
Back-to-back 40+ point games
32.3 PPG | 62.2% on 's@warriors went 4-0! pic.twitter.com/JEGZWzGRh3
As Stephen Curry wearied under the strain and pressure of endless double teams, Klay consistently found a way to impact each and every game. This is Klay's first Player of the Week award of the season, joining Steph (who has won it an astounding five times so far), and Draymond (a measely once -- c'mon Dray!! smh). The Warriors' power trio (fantastical threesome, menage-a-tres), have combined to win SEVEN player of the week awards this year! For reference sake: There have been 20 such awards given out as of this week (in the Western Conference). That's 35% of the awards!!
Honestly, I feel like it should be closer to 50%...
Anyways, moving on.
I give you, then, highlights from the four games that constituted this week:
Game 1: Warriors defeat Timberwolves 109-104 (in Minneapolis)
Klay: 17 pts, 5 rbs
Game 2: Warriors defeat Clippers 114-98 (in Oakland)
Klay: 32 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts, +32 for the game
Game 3: Warriors defeat Mavericks 128-120 (in Oakland)
Klay: 40 pts, 5 rebs, 13-25 shooting
Game 4: Warriors defeat 76ers 117-105 (in Oakland)
Klay: 40 pts, on 15-27 shooting including 7-14 from behind the 3pt arc
Over those four games, Klay averaged 32.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 35.0 minutes, hitting 62.2 percent from three-point range (28-of-45) and 51.7 percent overall from the field (via warriors.com). He also now sits at 253 three pointers made for the season. With Stephen Curry at 350, that puts the dynamic duo (the slithering twosome, the rambunctious pairing) at 603 made three pointers on the year. They are the first pair of teammates in NBA history to combine for 600 threes in a single season.
This is madness.
So, congrats Klay! Go enjoy your day off.