The Warriors' loss to Denver and Klay Thompson's role in it

November 11, 2012, 6:42 pm
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Goodness.So much happened in the Warriors demoralizing 107-101double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets at Oracle on Saturday.Where do you even begin? Well, lets just get into one thingright now, the thing that most fans seem to be focusing on: KlayThompson.Its not the two foul shots that Thompson missed late in thefirst overtime -- that could have sealed the game -- that were mostdisappointing about his game. Not to me, anyway.Hey, once in a while you hope its not a trend stufflike that happens. You miss a pair of free throws down the stretch. You canlive with that. More the issue was his shot selection and what was a prettyquick trigger on offense, and apparently not fouling when the Warriors had oneto give at the end of the first overtime.One of his more questionable decisions came in the secondovertime when he took a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:33 left, the Warriorsup four, and 15 seconds remaining on the shot clock.That was a bad shot in any league, though the miss ended upbeing rebounded by Carl Landry. Unfortunately, Landry missed both free throwswith 1:22 left and Denver would go on to knock down consecutive 3-pointers tobasically win the game.STEINMETZ'S INSTANT REPLAY: Warriors can't seal the deal
Thompson went 9-for-26 from the field on Saturday night,including 5-for-15 from 3-point range in a career-high 55 minutes. One issuewas that the two foul shots Thompson missed with 13 seconds left and theWarriors up two points in the first overtime were his only free throws of thegame. Thats pretty much unacceptable from a two-guard in 55 minutes.Thompson has got to start defining his game by more thanjust deep jumpers.Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been stressing for a whilenow that Thompson is a diverse player. Either Jackson is wrong or Thompson hasto start showing it.Forty-six percent of Thompsons shots this year have comefrom beyond the 3-point arc, and his 52 of them lead the league. Hes shooting 36.5percent from 3-point range. Jackson isnt doing Thompson any favors bycontinuing to say his guards are getting great looks and he wants them to keepfiring away from out there.In fairness to Thompson, 26 shots in 55 minutes isn't thategregious. Thats not a crazy number of shots for a two guard playing that manyminutes. More troubling than the shot attempts are the minutes Thompson played.Again, thats Jackson.RELATED: Klay Thompson season stats
Its fair to question why Thompson played such an inordinateamount of minutes and it also seems fair to wonder whether fatigue was a factorfor him late.Having said that, if youre going to give him a break withthe number of attempts, then you have to ask for more than just five reboundsand one assist in that many minutes not to mention bringing to the table anintangible or two.As for not fouling Danilo Gallinari at the end of the firstovertime with the Warriors having one to give, well have to take Jacksonsword for it that the instructions in the huddle to do so wereexplicit.Thompson left without speaking to reporters afterward. Butwhat seems a touch strange was that while Gallinari was handling the ball outat the top for a few seconds, none of the Warriors coaches seemed to beyelling for a foul there. They seemed to be mostly watching the play.Admittedly, that might not have anything to do withanything, but that seemed to be the case.So, yes, go ahead and put most of the blame for this loss onThompson.But lets be honest, Thompson is the least of the GoldenState Warriors concerns right now. Hes not the problem. The way I see it,Thompson is still the biggest asset on the teams roster and remains a playerwith a nice upside.Bad game for Thompson? You bet. But he was just one of manyWarriors players -- and coaches who were responsible for that devastating loss.

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