Remember that episode of Friends where the duck eats the wedding ring and they have to have it extracted by a vet?
That’s what searching for this Warrior Wonder feels like. The Pelicans gobbled up the Warriors in their giant beaks, and now the only way to find that shiny nugget is delve deep into the bird’s entrails.
Fortunately, as in that episode of Friends, it’s a fairly easy procedure.
Klay Thompson drops 20 in the second quarter
The rest of the game was like a stinky pile of bird poop all over our nice shiny new car, but the Warriors fought their way back into this thanks to Klay Thompson’s second quarter efforts.
It wasn’t quite one of those flowing lava quarters that we all know Thompson is capable of. But after starting 0-for-4 in the first Klay worked his way into rhythm by taking the shots the defense gave him and encouragingly forcing his way to the line, something he has not done much this year.
His first few shots in the quarter went awry, but then he began to heat up. First a lay-up surrounded by three Pelicans, then a nice mid-ranger, then a pair of free throws.
After a couple of threes rimmed in and out, he got to the line on his next attempt and knocked down three free throws. Over the rest of the quarter he went 3-for-4 from three-point range, and threw in a layup for good measure.
He finished the quarter going 6-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from three, and a perfect 5-for-5 from the line.
Thanks to these efforts the Warriors entered the half just down six.
Sadly, for reasons known only to Steve Kerr and everyone else watching the game, it all spiralled out of control quickly in the third. In the end Thompson finished with 26 points on not very impressive 9-for-22 shooting, albeit alongside seven rebounds.
But no-one else emerged from this game covered in anything other than bird mess.
Steph Curry looked like he hadn’t played in six weeks, Kevin Durant was iso-happy on one end and not doing much on the other, and Draymond Green’s near triple double only looks cool if you ignore the seven turnovers and zero blocks or steals in the rest of the boxscore.
Let’s hope the messers become the messees on Sunday.
Who was your Warrior Wonder against the Pelicans in Game 3
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Klay Thompson’s second quarter
Steve Kerr starting Javale McGee
Other (answer in the comments please)