It’s not a matter of if Klay Thompson is going to explode; it’s simply about when. When he goes into his annual autumnal shooting slumps and struggles to knock down the deep ball, opposing teams must dread being next on the schedule, knowing he’s due to go supernova.
Superstar-tier Warriors Wonder nominee: Klay “The Android” Thompson
Thompson had been a paltry 5-for-36 from beyond the arc going into last night’s game versus the Chicago Bulls. As MVP teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant took turns ripping off monster scoring binges to start the season, Dub Nation ached for the younger Splash Brother Klay to join in on the rampage.
“I’m not really worried about my three-point shooting,” Thompson said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “My career numbers speak for themselves, so I just have to have fun out there.”
As the Warriors entered Chicago on the last game of their road trip to play the dreaded “third game in four nights”, I wonder if the Bulls could feel “fun” coming.
Guarding a hungry Thompson is the basketball equivalent of a firefighter nervously approaching a large wooden door that has smoke eerily breathing out through it’s edges. There’s an agitated fire simmering on the other side, waiting for any oxygen to ignite it into a backdraft.
Kinda like that one scene from the 1991 classic Kurt Russell film, “Backdraft”.
True to form, Thompson erupted in the Warriors 149-124 trouncing over the hapless Bulls, knocking down an NBA record 14 three-pointers en route to 52 points! He was 18-of-29 of the field, with all but five of those attempts coming three-point range. Oh, and he did all this in 27 minutes. Unreal!!! Not even the entire cast of “Chicago Fire” could have stopped that blazing performance.
Klay Thompson has tied the NBA record for threes in a half with 10, previously done by Chandler Parsons on Jan. 24, 2014 vs. Memphis. His 10 threes are the most ever in a first half.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 30, 2018
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The Golden Sidekick Nominee: Alfonzo McKinnie
Curry referred to young McKinnie as a guy who could be a “huge catalyst” for the Dubs in important games. In his return to his hometown of Chitown, McKinnie took another opportunity to prove Curry right. “Zo” had 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, 10 rebounds, and 0 turnovers in 27 minutes. He also drilled 4-of-6 of his three-pointers, shooting with confidence.
It appears former prodigy Patrick McCaw has turned into Patrick McNaw, and McKinnie is the new young “Mack” in town. Dub Nation will be observing his progression with optimism and eager anticipation. Oh yeah, and he bought his mom a house right before the game.
Alfonzo McKinnie, the forward who surprisingly took the 14th roster spot in camp, meeting with reporters in Chicago pregame. He grew up 12 minutes away from the arena. Said he spent the day finalizing the purchase of a house for his mother.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 29, 2018
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