The Golden State Warriors are unquestionably a team that lives and dies by their offense. They’re an improved defensive team in comparison to recent years, but without their high-scoring offense their defense wouldn’t be winning them many games. Stephen Curry has obviously been the catalyst for the offense all season, fighting for the best three-point percentage in the NBA. However, he and Klay Thompson have been running the show even more than normal as of late.
Golden State has won four of its last five games. Normally one would assume that’s because Curry and David Lee have been the offensive leaders of the team, but that hasn’t been the case. In fact, Lee has been struggling offensively over that stretch, averaging just 14.8 points per game on paltry 44.4 percent shooting from the floor.
Thompson, however, has picked up Lee’s slack over the last five games. For the year, he averages 16.5 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting from the field and 40.1 percent in three-point shooting. Over his last five games, though, Thompson has averaged 17.6 points per game and has shot 44 percent from the floor and an incredible 55.9 percent from three. He’s putting up better points per game numbers while still taking almost the exact same number of shots and threes per game. That’s quite impressive.
Curry has also improved his numbers over this five-game stretch, averaging 28.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting from the floor and 51.1 percent from long range. Between the offense that those two guys are producing, it’s no wonder why the Warriors have been able to come out of four of their last five games with wins.
As Golden State looks ahead to the postseason, it has to feel optimistic about what it can accomplish in the playoffs. If Thompson and Curry are able to produce even near those levels offensively and Lee can get back in rhythm, this Warriors team is going to be a tough matchup for most teams.