With a combined total of three Golden State Warriors wins and Utah Jazz losses, the Warriors will clinch a berth in the NBA Playoffs. Judging by how they’ve recently been trending, that doesn’t seem like it will be too difficult of a task.
Golden State have won seven of their last 10 games to keep a grip on the six-seed, holding off the Houston Rockets. However, most of this recent success is no thanks to Klay Thompson.
Thompson, in his second year at the professional level, has had a roller coaster sophomore season in the NBA. Coming into the year, the Warriors and their fans expected him to be another outside-scoring threat to compliment Stephen Curry’s outside-scoring ability. Thompson has lived up to those expectations at times, but has fallen well short of them at others. His last 10 games have been more akin to the latter.
Over his last 10 contests, Thompson has continued to play a starter’s share of minutes, seeing the floor for 36 minutes per game. His production hasn’t matched that of a starter’s though, as he has averaged just 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game on a putrid 35.7 percent shooting from the field and 37.9 percent shooting from three. That’s not what the team needs from him if they want to be successful in the long run.
On the year, Thompson is averaging 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on 41.5 percent shooting from the field and 39.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. That’s still not elite-level production, but it is closer to what the Warriors need and expect from him.
Thompson is most likely about to experience postseason basketball for the first time in his young professional career. If he goes into the playoffs lacking in confidence because of this cold offensive spell, he is going to have a really rough go of it.
However, if he can find a way to turn the tides and catch fire over their remaining eight games, he indeed has the ability to take over games with his scoring. The Warriors and their fans are undoubtedly hoping for the second scenario.