NBA Playoffs Warriors vs Clippers Game 3: Klay Thompson Must Go Off for Golden State to Win


Apr 21, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first quarter in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

There are times when the hero needs a sidekick to really kick, for Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, that time is now and the sidekick is Klay Thompson.

People have been saying that Steph really needs a huge game in game 3 for the Warriors to take back control of the series after the 40-point power-stomp at Staples in game 2. While agree Curry must be a factor, it’s clear that L.A. is keyed into him for the remainder of the series. Others will have to step up in a larger than mushroom-Mario way to escape round one against this hungry Clipper team.

Enter, du-dudu-duuuuuuh(!), Klay “for trey” Thompson.

Simply put, there is no other player for GS who can electrify this Warriors team like Klay in this game can because he seems to receive the ball for shots in all the most pivotal moments of the game. In game 1 he was a “Splash Brother” extraordinaire, snatching up the fire-flower and throwing fireballs to the tune of 22 large points and the Warriors held on to win a nail-biter. But in game 2 he found himself floundering with the rest of the team and was practically out of sight and out of mind. Apparently that equals a 40-point loss, so…

“Klaymation” (as long-time WSU Cougar voice Bud Nameck used to affectionately call him) must find his way back onto the NBA Playoff television sets tonight if the Warriors are going to use the home-court advantage they stole in game 1 of the series. This is crucial.