Klay Thompson’s Role Might Be Even Larger in Game 3 for Golden State Warriors


Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (30) reacts during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

With Stephen Curry a game-time decision tonight because of an injured ankle, it’s possible that Klay Thompson will have an increased and very important role in Game 3. Luckily for the Warriors, they are headed to the friendly confines of Oakland and one of the loudest NBA venues to try and take a 2-1 opening series lead on the Denver Nuggets.

Thompson scored 21 in Game 2 to help the Warriors jump all over Denver in a 131-117 win on the road, but Curry was most instrumental in the effort. He’ll probably end up playing tonight, but even if that’s the case, Thompson will likely have to pick up some slack or at the very least not drop off any. In Game 1 Thompson was saddled with foul trouble so the Nuggets could key their efforts on taking away Curry. He must stay out of trouble tonight and will likely end up handling the ball more than in previous games whether his point guard pal is there or not.

Harrison Barnes will be a big factor again as well, as the Warriors are already a David Lee short due to a torn hip flexor in the first game. This should be a really good game again, if it’s anything like the first two. Keeping it tuned in to watch the Coug alum in action, perhaps increased action.