Klay Thompson’s visit to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame encounters obstacles. While already deserving, this season has been more challenging than successful for him. Monday night in Brooklyn may have forced him to confront the limitations of his career.
Despite the Warriors’ struggles, they managed to secure a win against the Nets, primarily due to their strong defensive performance in the second half. However, much of their comeback occurred without Thompson, whose shooting prowess has waned, and his defensive capabilities are not as versatile as before.
Stephen Curry, who formed one of the most prolific shooting duos in NBA history alongside Thompson, appeared nostalgic when discussing Thompson’s current struggles.
“He’s eager to regain his shooting form and contribute on the court,” Curry expressed. “Klay’s a champion and integral to our success, playing a significant role in all our achievements.”
Thompson is struggling with the aftermath of two significant lower-body surgeries, which have diminished his agility and defensive versatility. Despite averaging 17.2 points per game, he’s experiencing career-low shooting percentages.
In the recent game, Thompson’s performance was underwhelming, scoring only eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, with no successful three-pointers. The team performed better when he was off the court, with other players like Gui Santos, Moses Moody, and Lester Quiñones stepping up, despite their limited NBA experience.
The Warriors’ lineup in crucial moments comprised a mix of veterans, an emerging star, a rookie, and Santos, reflecting their commitment to energetic and confident play. Santos, in particular, made a significant impact with his hustle, contributing nine points, five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal in just 13 minutes of the second half.
Podziemski credited Santos for the victory, emphasizing his pivotal role in extending possessions and disrupting the opponent’s offense.
The Warriors’ victory in their 34th “clutch” game, despite poor three-point shooting from everyone except Stephen Curry, was mainly thanks to their focus on rebounding and defense. They dominated the boards and limited Brooklyn to a low shooting percentage after halftime.
Coach Kerr acknowledged Thompson’s contributions, emphasizing his effort on both ends of the floor. However, he also hinted at adjusting Thompson’s playing time, especially when the team is fully healthy. Despite the spotlight on Thompson’s performance, Kerr preferred to highlight the team’s collective effort in securing the win against a tough opponent.
While such a team effort might usually dominate headlines, Thompson’s uncertain role in the rotation and his struggle to recapture his past greatness remain noteworthy in this context.