It seemed inevitable that the Golden State Warriors would make adjustments. They won four NBA championships in six Finals for a reason.
It seemed inevitable that Klay Thompson would have a breakout shooting performance. He became the second best shooter in the NBA behind Stephen Curry for a reason.
In Golden State’s 127-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series, the Warriors showed how Thompson’s play is often tied to the team’s overall identity. .
Thompson finished with 30 points while shooting prolifically from the field (11 for 18) and 3 points (8 for 11). It marked a marked improvement over Thompson’s efforts in Game 1. Then he had 25 points on 9-for-25 shooting, including 1-for-8 in the third quarter. It also represented a better game than Thompson’s Game 7 performance against Sacramento. Then he scored 16 points while shooting just 4-for-19 from the field and 2-for-10 from deep.
But it didn’t just capture Thompson having a rebounding game. He also summarized how the Warriors made various adjustments that ensured such a shooting performance in the first place.
Klay Thompson spins a reflection on Warriors
It’s because how Klay Thompson Shootings often reflect how well or badly the rest of the crew is performing. Considering Thompson primarily thrives on catching and shooting opportunities, his play also indicates whether the Warriors executed a fluid offense based on powerful ball movement. Because their offense works best when playing in pace and at a steady pace, the Warriors’ execution also depends on defensive stops and glass control.
Well, the Warriors tied the series at 1-1 in outlining the perfect pattern to replicate for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
After becoming ineffective due to early fouls in Game 1, Warriors forward Draymond Green played with balanced discipline and aggression as the main defenseman for Lakers forward Anthony Davis. He bears more responsibility for how he performed in Game 2 (11 points on 5-for-11 shooting, seven rebounds and four turnovers) than how he fared in Game 1 (30 points on 11 of 19 shooting, 23 rebounds). Yet Green also helped make life more difficult for the Lakers co-star. After the Lakers led with a score in the paint in Game 1 (54), the Warriors reduced that number in Game 2 (42). After the Lakers were mostly effective on the boards in Game 1 (53-49), the Warriors dominated the glass in Game 2 (55-40).
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