Klay Thompson Helping Sustain Golden State Warriors in March

By Cody Williams
Klay Thompson
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After a blazing start to the 2012-2013 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors have cooled off tremendously in the past couple of months. In fact, there was even talk that they could potentially drop out of the playoff-picture if they continued playing poorly. They have been able to stay afloat in March, though, going 6-6 so far this month. Their ability to keep from falling off is largely due to the play of Klay Thompson.

Thompson has played decently this season, but hasn’t exactly lived up to the high expectations that many people had for him leading up to this year. For the season, he’s averaged 16.4 points and four rebounds per game on 42 percent shooting from the field and 39.7 percent shooting from beyond-the-arc.

However, Thompson has shown his real value to the Warriors over the month of March. With the production of David Lee and Jarrett Jack noticeably slipping and Andrew Bogut giving the team little-to-no production over this month, they have needed someone else to rise-up and Thompson has answered that call.

Over the month of March, Thompson has averaged 17.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, which is pretty close to his averages for the season. However, the key part of what Thompson has done in March has been his improved efficiency, shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and an astounding 47.4 percent from long range. That’s the type of efficiency they were expecting from him at the start of the season.

The Warriors seem like they are definitely going to be a part of the postseason this year. How well they will do in the playoffs is still yet to be determined, though. If they want to have success in the playoffs, they will need Lee and Jack to regain their form from earlier this season, but they will also need Thompson to continue to play like he has over the month of March. He needs to be a dead-eye shooter if the Warriors want to make some noise.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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