Thompson: 'Everyone's goal is to make the NBA Finals'
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 56 points in the Warriors' Game 2 win over the Spurs. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Klay Thompson is tired of hearing about experience. He's tired of the notion that the Warriors are exceeding expectations.
For the second-year guard, the first two games against San Antonio in the Western Conference semifinals confirmed what he already believed: the Warriors are the better team.
"Throw out resumes, throw out what people have done," Thompson said. "It's just basketball, we've been doing that our whole lives."
Throw out the brutal four-minute stretch at the end of regulation in Game 1 and Manu Ginobili's clutch game-winner and the Warriors, heading back to Oracle Arena, would have been in a realistic position to sweep the Spurs.
Even Ginobili acknowledged that's probably where the series should be.
"What happened in Game 1 wasn't about their inexperience," he said. "It's one of those things that happens very rarely. We shouldn't have won that game."
But they did and it can't be undone. If lack of experience was an insurmountable obstacle, Game 2 could have been disastrous for Golden State. Instead, a 100-91 victory cemented the Warriors' belief that the series is theirs for the taking.
"We've been the better team for about 82 minutes in this series," Thompson said. "It gives us a lot of confidence, especially coming into Oracle (Friday), playing in front of the best crowd in the NBA.
"We're in the driver's seat right now and we control our destiny. I feel like this is our time."
Time for what? To win the series?
"Hopefully beyond that. Everyone's goal is to make it to the Finals, but when I say 'our time' we have the ability to do that," Thompson said. "Our confidence is at an all-time high. We showed we can beat this team."
It's not the first time Thompson has talked about making a run through the Western Conference playoffs. When the Warriors clinched a postseason berth on April 9, he was the lone player to use the word 'Finals' when talking about postseason aspirations.
If the Warriors are to advance through this round, they would become the first team seeded sixth or lower since the Knicks in 1999 to win a pair of playoff series.
In Game 2, Thompson joined an elite group of players scoring 34 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Only three starting guards over the past 25 years have equaled or exceeded those figures in a playoff game -- Michael Jordan (twice), Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter.
"I felt like Steph Curry," Thompson said.
Life and times of 'Steve' Curry?
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is turning into one of the most entertaining Twitter follows during the NBA playoffs. After Golden State's win against San Antonio on Wednesday, he made a bold proclamation about a certain Warriors guard.
Curry gets the #Twinhearts co sign I think Steve Curry is Top 10 in the NBA. If he works on his defense , he will be MVP next year.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 9, 2013
This 'Steve' Curry guy sure made an impression on the player formerly known as Ron Artest. The tweet, of course, caught the attention of the Warriors, including Stephen Curry, who decided to have some fun with it upon the team's return to Oakland.
Back to Oakland. Ready to get back to work already. Steve Curry...out!— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 9, 2013
Asked about it Thursday, Curry couldn't hold back laughter.
"I've played that guy like 12 times already in my career," he said. "I think he would know my name. No, it's funny, a little Twitter joking going on. He apologized a couple minutes ago. I said I appreciate the compliments he was giving me."
@mettaworldpeace appreciate it bro!— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 9, 2013