Warriors’ Thompson Carrying Classic Type Into the Playoffs | Sports activities Information

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports activities Author

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Klay Thompson’s kind is now the least of Golden State’s worries.

“The proof is on the court docket simply what he’s regarded like during the last couple weeks,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated after Thompson poured in a season-high 41 factors in a 128-107 victory in New Orleans on Sunday night time to finish the common season. “He’s been in a terrific groove now, so it’s a extremely good signal.”

Thompson’s latest play is amongst major causes the Warriors are heading into the playoffs on a five-game profitable streak. With fellow “Splash Brother” Stephen Curry sidelined by a foot damage, Thompson has scored 30 or extra in three straight video games.

Since Jan. 9, when he resumed a profession derailed greater than two seasons by successive knee and Achilles accidents, Thompson has averaged 20 factors per recreation over 32 video games.

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“I pat myself on the again as a result of while you undergo the accidents I did, there’s some actually sluggish days,” Thompson stated. “There’s so many tedious workouts and simply increase your muscle tissues once more to do what you like is a problem — one thing I by no means needed to do earlier than. So, to do it twice and are available out and common (20 factors) is inspiring for myself and simply makes we need to hold going, as a result of I’m nonetheless juts scratching the floor of what I can change into.”

In New Orleans, Thompson regarded just like the sharp-shooter who may single-handedly take over a recreation.

He scored 21 first-half factors to stake Golden State to a 20-point halftime lead. And when New Orleans tried to make a recreation of it late within the third quarter, Thompson returned to place it away with 15 factors in a five-minute span early within the fourth quarter.

His scoring got here on every little thing from driving reverse layups and floaters to pull-up jumpers, turnarounds and, after all, 3s — seven of them.

Kerr stated the scoring show Thompson has placed on just lately “doesn’t shock me, really, as a result of it’s Klay.”

“He’s one of many biggest shooters of all time,” Kerr continued. “The largest factor is he’s simply discovered his rhythm. He’s gotten his conditioning. Early on, he needed every little thing again so badly he was forcing the difficulty, and it’s simply been actually enjoyable to look at him settle in.”

Simply in time for the third-seeded Warriors’ first playoff sequence in three seasons. They open their first-round sequence at dwelling towards Denver on Saturday night time.

“A whole lot of ups and downs for myself this season, however I caught with it,” Thompson stated. “I’ll proceed to try this, and a few nice momentum going into the playoffs. I can not wait. I am so excited of the playoffs, Having to look at the final two years was painful.”

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