Klay Thompson’s greatest game was, of course, his 2016 Game 6 versus OKC. It’s defined his career as much as “37” or “60”, perhaps even more. I loved the game so much, I wrote about it at the time Explain One Play: Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry splash to Game 7, and then last year on the anniversary and I somehow missed writing about it in 2018, but I plan to write about it every year henceforth.
So in a coincidence -- or is it? -- Klay Thompson found himself coming through with a big performance in the first Game 6 elimination game since 2016.
It’s been a tough series for Thompson. A big part of the problem is Thompson doesn’t generate his best offense on-ball. HOU has been switching every screen well, which defuses normal motion offense, and a Durant-led GSW hasn’t been running as much, defusing Thompson’s threes in transition.
While Kevin Durant has been very good most of the playoffs, this series has also been a tough one. Durant stole Game 1 by making contested twos in isolation. This turned out to be fool’s gold as he has come back to earth since, as Houston has started to bring late help to harass Durant, and he hasn’t been able to find the open man. Durant and Stephen Curry can make enough shots in isolation to be competitive with Houston, but it’s been playing their game and pace, and leaves Thompson’s shooting untapped.
In Game 6, GSW tried to get Klay Thompson going. The Warriors emphasized counter-attacking in transition, high pick and roll actions with Thompson screening, and off-ball movement. It worked.
Here is a short video about the return of Game 6 Klay Thompson in the nick of time. Watch how GSW attacked HOU’s switching defense and got Klay going with 35 huge points. Co-starring Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Coach Mike D’Antoni.
Game 6 Klay Thompson Returns to Save GSW
In Game 6 vs HOU, with elimination looming and down 17 points, GSW was desperate for good defense and smart offense. Klay Thompson answered the call. Watch how GSW attacked HOU's switching defense and got Klay going with 35 huge points. Co-starring Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Coach Mike D'Antoni. By @EricApricot. More videos and full aritcles at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricotPosted by Golden State of Mind on Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Klay "I was born for this" Thompson
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