“It’s Hard For Him”: Klay Thompson Sympathises With Stephen Curry, Despite 25-Point Effort

Published 02/12/2024, 11:58 PM EST

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Your Golden State Warriors are now on a 5-game winning streak. Klay Thompson led the charge by scoring a team-high 26 points at an impressive 57% clip. In a bold move, the Warriors utilized 13 players out of rotation against the Utah Jazz, embodying all the aspects of their philosophy. Together, the roster outrebounded the Jazz and shot more than 45% from the three. Notably, eight players contributed with double-digit scores, showcasing the Warriors’ collaborative approach.

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During the post-game interview, Klay expressed the still erect pillars of the franchise’s “strength in numbers” concept. He then utilized his screen time to praise the entire squad coming together and chipping for the win. However, after praising the team’s performance, he then shifted the focus to Stephen Curry. Acknowledging what Steph has been doing for the team all season long, he addressed his challenges, saying, “It’s hard for him to carry load every single night.”

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Despite facing struggles throughout the season, Klay managed to log 30 minutes in the game, most after Curry. Steph, with 32 minutes of action, achieved a double-double with 25 points and 10 assists. Despite a slightly challenging 9-19 shooting performance, Steph’s contributions are highlighted by the fact that seven other Warriors had to step up offensively; showcasing the burden he has been carrying to keep the team afloat in the season standings. Now that the Warriors seem to have found their rhythm, Steph can potentially work on efficiency and reserve a few tricks up his sleeves for the playoffs.

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Their newfound momentum now faces the ultimate test in the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Additionally, they will then gear up for another challenging matchup with the Utah Jazz in a back-to-back showdown.

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Klay Thompson is ready to accept a smaller role with the Warriors

Throughout the ongoing season, Klay Thompson has faced challenging situations, witnessing fluctuations in his shooting form that have mostly leaned toward a downturn. With that, speculation about his potential trade intensified, particularly with his lack of a contract extension. Despite these circumstances, Klay has recently expressed his desire to remain with the franchise, even if it means a potential reduction in his role in the coming years.

Moreover, he has declared his intention to play into his late thirties, aiming to contribute significantly akin to legends like Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.

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In crucial moments this season, Thompson found himself on the bench in four games. Compounding the pressure, he is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Adding to the challenge is the possibility that he might only have half a season ahead to demonstrate his capabilities and earn a more substantial role and contract.

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