WATCH: Klay Thompson Bonds with LeBron James After Lakers Crush Warriors

Published 03/16/2021, 2:38 AM EDT
Mar 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) as center Myles Turner (33) derends during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports


While everyone thought that the Golden State Warriors had entered the second half of the season with a bang after defeating the Utah Jazz brutally, they could not continue their form against the Los Angeles Lakers. Even though Stephen Curry created history as he became all-time assists leader of the Dubs, the Warriors didn’t have a win to celebrate it with. However, what everyone did see was Klay and LeBron James catching up with each other post the game.

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Klay Thompson and LeBron James catch up

The NBA All-Star Game shows fans very different sides of players. The All-Star weekend is not just about the best players competing against the best but also about some fun and laughter. Fans saw a unique side when they saw LeBron James and Stephen Curry paired together for the first time.

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The two players who were considered rivals up until now were giving each other high fives, sharing laughs while also beating team Durant. Curry watching LeBron do the chalk-toss went viral on Twitter. This even had everyone wondering if the two could ever become a dynamic duo outside the All-Star Game.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on on Thursday, June 16, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Some NBA analysts even predict that Curry might leave the Warriors to join the LeBron James-led Lakers. While them joining forces isn’t completely out of the question, fans have seen the impossible happen in the NBA. But this still seems a little far-fetched. However, what the world didn’t expect to see was Klay Thompson and LeBron James bonding with each other.

Klay hasn’t played for the Warriors since 2019 and his absence becomes more evident with each game. After the Lakers defeated the Warriors 128-97, they might have missed Klay even more. But Klay was sitting on the sidelines, rooting for them, and he even went and shook hands with Bron.

Why did the Warriors lose to the Lakers?

This was a big chance for the Warriors. The Lakers didn’t have Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis to back LeBron James. But all everyone saw tonight was the Warriors struggling to create offense. Their incredible defense against the Utah Jazz is what Dubs fans had hoped would be the turning point, but the Lakers came into the game with too much aggression to keep up with.

In fact, the Warriors’ inconsistency is the only consistent part about them this season. With this, their record has dropped down to 20-20 and a seat in the playoffs looks far away.

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Once the Lakers got their 20 point lead, there was no chance the Warriors could have caught up. Curry ended up being the only one trying to make it work, finishing with 27 points on the scoreboard. This is opposed to eight of the Dubs’ ten players scoring in double digits against the Jazz. The Warriors need to prove that their win against Utah wasn’t a fluke. Will they be able to do that?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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