Good Morning Dub Nation,
After a torn ACL and a ruptured Achilles stole two years of Klay Thompson’s career, many questioned if the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star shooting guard would ever regain his prowess on the court. Fast forward about a year and a half later since making his return, Thompson has not only recovered from two of the game’s most devastating injures, but he has also thrived while continuing to prove all of his doubters wrong. His latest accomplishment to invalidate the skeptics: finishing the season with a league-leading 301 total made three-pointers.
"I'm usually right about things I say. People might not want to give me credit, but it'll usually come true."— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 9, 2023
- Klay on leading the league in 3-pointers pic.twitter.com/lJBRz5o5hV
1️⃣1️⃣ has had a remarkable year— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 11, 2023
& he’s not done yet.@Oracle || Warriors Talk pic.twitter.com/JN3XzJOTzW
Thompson entered Sunday’s game five threes away from the 300 milestone. In typical Klay fashion, he got the job done during a blazing hot stretch, hitting five threes in the first five minutes of the game. Head coach Steve Kerr shared this story about Thompson accomplishing the feat after the game.
Steve Kerr told Klay before the game not to chase the five threes needed to reach 300 on the season ...— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 9, 2023
Klay hit five threes in the first five minutes pic.twitter.com/ReYhHhAhzN
Thompson shot 41.2% from deep this season, averaging 4.4 makes on 10.6 attempts per game. The 301 total made threes was a career-high for the Splash Brother as he now joins teammate Stephen Curry and Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden as the only players in NBA history to surpass the 300 mark. Despite the significance of the milestone, the look on Thompson’s face after the game shows the job is far from finished as he helps lead the Warriors into the postseason.
Donte: „Smile, damn it.”— Joey⚡️(0-0) (@YoungGIove00) April 10, 2023
Klay: „ What’s to smile about.”
Oh yeah, Klay is Playoff ready pic.twitter.com/vZNDKtJITG
Thompson’s remarkable play this season is a true testament to his one-of-a-kind mental toughness. His relentless drive continues to defy the odds, proving to the basketball world once again that it’s going to take more than a torn ACL and ruptured Achilles to put out his competitive fire.
Here are the rest of today’s stories:
In case you missed it from Golden State of Mind:
- Kevon Looney and Jordan Poole are the Warriors’ Iron Men
- Warriors vs Kings: Sacramento’s Beam vs Golden State’s Rings
- Splash Brothers ready for a ‘fun’ first round matchup vs. the Kings
- Draymond Green trolls Rudy Gobert after punch
- Player grades: Warriors vs. Blazers
Other Warriors News:
- Kawakami: Here’s the Warriors’ ideal path to another championship (The Athletic)
- If Golden State is to repeat, Rick Celebrini will have a hand in it (The Athletic)
- Dubs-Kings Game 1 is most expensive first-round game on record (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Dray on Rudy Gobert punch, NBA play-in predictions, Warriors-Kings (Draymond Green Show)
- ‘Get real’: Kyle Kuzma slams absurd Warriors-Kings comparisons ahead of playoffs showdown (Clutch Points)
- Rudy Gobert suspended by Timberwolves, out vs. Lakers (ESPN)
- Spurs’ Gregg Popovich calls for gun control in U.S., criticizes lawmakers (ESPN)
- The Hawks Have Changed Everything, Except Trae Young (The Ringer)
- Report: Paul George (knee) out for start of series vs. Suns (NBA)
- Kobe Bryant’s little Mambas are still playing, for him and each other (Washington Post)