NBA / After two seasons, Klay Thompson is about to return. Will the Warriors also return to glory?
In the sixth game of the NBA 2018-19 season championship finals, Thompson accidentally injured his slam dunk and tore his left knee cruciate ligament , quit the match because of injury and start his rest about two years. The Warriors lost to Raptors in the championship series that year.
Thompson's injury was undoubtedly a heavy blow for the Warriors, and he took a year off with a torn ligament in his left knee, and the next year he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his right foot during training. The relationship between Thompson's injury and Covid-19 made Warriors miss the playoffs.
NBA 2019-20 season
Stephen Curry suffered a broken left hand during a match against Phoenix Suns and needed at least three months of recuperation. In March 2020, the NBA was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warriors are not the 22 teams invited by the NBA to participate in the Bubble Park. The Warriors are determined to end the season with 15 wins and 50 losses.
NBA 2020-21 season
Although Stephen Curry regained his MVP skills, he scored 53 points on April 13, 2021, and became the Golden State Warriors in scoring history. On May 22, the Warriors lost to the Grizzlies 117-112, failing to compete for the last Western Conference playoff ticket. Under the leadership of Stephen Curry, the Warriors were given the opportunity to participate in the play-offs, but unfortunately they were eliminated in two consecutive match and missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons.
The importance of Thompson to the Warriors
Thompson is a player who needs to play his own rhythm. When he reaches his own rhythm, he will turn into a hostile nightmare. Thompson and Curry are also good at perimeter shooting. The two made a total of 492 three-pointers in 2014. Therefore, it is collectively called The Splash Brothers by the outside world. His history include scored 37 points in a single quarter, scored 60 points in three quarters, and scored 14 three-pointers in a single game, breaking Curry's history with 13 three-pointers in a single game.
In a game against the Pacers in 2016, Thompson was fully opened fire. He made 21 of 33 shots in three quarters, including 10 of 11 three-pointers, and scored 60 points. He almost didn't dribble the ball, he basically shot the ball and scored 60 points in 29 minutes, the fastest in NBA history.
It is the big impact on Warriors about Thompson's hurt
As the cornerstone of the Warriors, Thompson often plays the role of savior at critical moments, hitting seven three-pointers in three consecutive games in the playoffs, stable firepower, and efficient performance. Thompson will instantly act when Curry loses firepower or is depressed The main force of the team, and the scoring ability of Thompson and Curry when they broke out at the same time made their opponents frightened.
You can basically say that Pippen assisted Jordan. Without Jordan, Pippen could also become an All-Star and a superstar of one person, one city. And Thompson is one of the power about Warriors' 3-time champions in 4 years. Even without Curry, he can become an All-Star on any team.
About Thompson's offense
Thompson has a strong ability to shoot three-pointers, has the ability to score considerable points in a short time, and has a good grasp of the rhythm of the game. You can say that Thompson is a Warriors musician, and he will release when appropriate His scoring ability will not let you down, and when not so important time maybe he can’t score.
For the Warriors, they have Curry, the best three-pointer in the NBA, but relying on Curry at certain moments will be troubled by flameouts, and the existence of Thompson becomes crucial. When Curry can't break through and score, Thompson stands up. In addition, when the opponent feels happy that the Warriors’ main team is unable to achieve their wishes, they will be shocked.The threat caused by Thompson, who does not need space to hold the ball, can be regarded as the league's top existence.