Warriors need strong efforts from Thompson, Poole as Finals shift to Boston

BOSTON — Here are three story lines to keep an eye on ahead of Wednesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.

Will Klay Thompson show up? Game 2 was another rough outing for Thompson, who shot 4-for-19 from the field and 1-for-8 from deep. According to advanced statistics, he went 1-for-13 on contested shots.

“When I watched the film, I probably seemed a little rushed,” Thompson said. “I wasn’t underneath my shot.”

As the series shifts to Boston and with all the pressure that comes with winning on the road, the Warriors will need Thompson to awaken offensively to make sure they head back to San Francisco for Game 5 in good shape.

Thompson was 2-for-6 from the field during the Warriors’ 35-14 third-quarter run Sunday, but his buckets helped spark the outburst. Though Thompson’s efficiency isn’t there right now (he’s shooting 30.3% from the field), he has remained aggressive. He has attempted 33 shots in the two games, second on the team behind Stephen Curry (46). Given Thompson’s history, though, he might be due for a big game.

Thompson shot 28.9% from the field combined (11-for-38) in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Memphis, only to score 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting in Game 3. He then averaged 24.5 points per game on 52.9% shooting in Games 5 and 6. And don’t forget, he scored 32 points on 12-for-25 shooting in the closeout Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Mavericks.

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