Klay Thompson Is Critical of His Performance Despite Warriors’ Win vs Cavaliers: “We Did Not Shoot Well Tonight”

Published 01/09/2022, 11:29 PM EST
Jan 9, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) gets a congratulatory handshake from teammate Stephen Curry (30) after making a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors had a night to remember. Not only did they get the win, but they got Klay Thompson back as well. They beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to further improve their record for the season. Stephen Curry had a much-needed good game, and the Bay get their 30th win of the season. However, Klay was critical of the Warriors’ performance despite getting the win.

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Klay did not miss a beat on his return as he had an immediate impact. All his work with the Santa Cruz Warriors and rehab is sure paying off. Despite not playing the most minutes, the Warriors star had himself a night scoring some important points.

Klay Thompson participates in a Golden State Warriors practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 before Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

After the game, Klay spoke about his return and the Warriors’ poor shooting night.

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A win is not enough for Klay Thompson

Before making his return, Klay made it clear he had only one target for this season. Thompson wants to win it all with the Warriors this campaign. Hence, after the win against the Warriors, the sharpshooter admitted that they did not have a great shooting game while speaking about his return back to the court.

He said: “The fans are the best in the league and the ovation. the pregame and to come out and make my first shot, I mean we did not even shoot well tonight. It shows you how good we are defensively. I mean the fans are everything. They inspired me for the last two years and I thought about them everyday.”

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Klay marked his return by picking off from where he left off. He was the second-highest scorer on the team with 17 points. Stephen Curry showed out with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists to his name. Off the bench, Jordan Poole had some big-time buckets as he added 14 points to the tally. Despite missing out on Draymond Green, the Warriors were great on the defensive end and restricted the Cavalier to just 82 points.

However, Klay sure had a point when it came to the Warriors having a bad shooting night. Despite being a great shooting team, the Warriors managed to shoot just 40% from the floor and 23% from three. While it was a rare bad night, it is important for the Bay to focus on their recent struggles.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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