The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-101 in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series on Friday night to terminate the Golden State Warriors’ season.
The Warriors failed to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014 when Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson were all healthy.
When meeting with the media following the defeat, Thompson—who had eight points on just 3/19 shooting—shared a memorable comment.
Thompson: “It’s not the end of the road for me. I still know I have greatness ahead of me. This was the first full season in three years I’ve had to make it through start to finish healthy, so that’s a positive, and I know I’m gonna come back even better next year.”
Thompson missed two consecutive seasons in 2020 and 2021 due to injury, but he made a comeback in the middle of the previous season and assisted the Warriors in winning the NBA Championship in 2022.
The four-time NBA Champion averaged 21.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game this season while shooting 41.2% from three-point range and 43.6% from the field overall.
He only managed to shoot 36.8% from three-point range and 38.8% from the field throughout the NBA Playoffs, though.
Nevertheless, he remains one of the league’s top shooting guards, and the Warriors will have another chance to contend the following season.
For the 2023–24 season, Thompson will be paid $43.2 million under the final year of his deal.
To play Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers will proceed to that stage.