The Warriors getting a little bit arrogant and full of themselves is just one of those consequences of winning a title. They are not a big market team and they pulled off the unthinkable. They won the title as a perimeter shooting team. They won the title after trailing in back-to-back series, two games to one. They won the title because they beat teams who were missing key personnel. They won the title because they were the best offensive team in the NBA. They won the title because they were the best assist team in the NBA. They won the title because teams couldn’t make shots against them.
It’s a question that bears asking: who on the Warriors was going to change after the championship? Draymond Green? Nah. The affable, quotable, having something to say Green will be the same as always, just with a little more to show for it when he’s bragging. Steph Curry? Nah. Curry is like the perfect NBA player, even when he’s clowning someone it sounds polite. Harrison Barnes? He’s too quiet. But isn’t that what we thought about Klay Thompson. He’s too quiet?
Klay barely said a word his first two years with the Warriors. He was like a ghost. His father, Mychal Thompson, a very disciplined, by the book, big on morality and character type of father, raised his sons in his image. So Klay wouldn’t suddenly be all full of himself now. Or would he?
Klay wasn’t in a good mood when he heard that Doc Rivers basically called the Warriors lucky. Rivers was alluding to the fact that the Warriors didn’t have to play the Clippers or the Spurs to get to the NBA Finals. Memphis and the Rockets just don’t add up, according to Rivers.
Klay had to check Doc and all of Clippers Nation.
“That sounds pretty bitter to me. If we got lucky look at our record against them last year. I’m pretty sure we smacked them. Didn’t they lose to the Rockets. So that just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1, too? Tell them I said that, too. I wanted to play the Clippers but they couldn’t handle their business.”
Klay’s numbers against the Clippers in 2014-15:
- 20 points
- 46% field goals
- 42% 3-pointers
The Warrior numbers against the Clippers in 2014-15 (head to head matchups)
|Golden State Warriors||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Field Goal %||48.5%||44%|
The Warriors and Clippers meet for the first time on November 4th at Oracle. The rematch in Los Angeles is on November 19th.
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