With Stephen Curry out injured, Klay Thompson has risen to the occasion. In Game 5, as the Warriors completely blitzed the Rockets, Klay ended with 27 points on 10-14 shooting including seven three pointers. Having hit seven three pointers in that game and the game previous, he became the first person in the history of the NBA playoffs to have two consecutive playoff games with seven or more made three pointers.
And now, he is hard at work extending his range back into that mythical "Curry Zone."
Perhaps later tonight, we'll have a clearer picture of the second round. If the Blazers win, they're in.
With Curry out, Klay and Draymond Green and company will have to keep this ship afloat. 73 wins or no, the Warriors will have to throw all of their might against their second round opponent. Will it be the Blazers? Will it be the Clippers?
Klay cares not. He's extending his range and setting records. He is keeping this season's excellence afloat. He is wearing NICE SWEATERS.
It's not an ugly sweater Draymond, it's a nice sweater. Why do you have to hate?
For now, Klay leads the way. All Steph can do is dance and heal. Dance and heal, dance and heal. Here's hoping he does both incredibly well.
Klay has long lived around the edges of fame, and of celebrity. He loves his dog Rocco, and he loves basketball. More than that, it's hard to say. When the whole Kevin Love trade was being discussed, he could have potentially gone to Minnesota and become #OptionNumberOne in the frigid north. But of course that all fell through. He has the physical and mental makeup of a number one option, but the compassion and wherewithal to stay the course as a second option behind a transcendent, once-in-a-generation player such as Curry.
These next few games should act as a canvas -- a blank slate -- for Klay's talent.
I say go for it. Keep dropping a ridiculous number of threes. Bury the competition. Up the stakes.
Wear that sweater, no matter what Draymond says.