Thompson put an NBA record by knocking down 14 3 pointers in scoring 52 points in an Oct. 29 victory on the Chicago Bulls, but regardless of this game, the sharpshooting swingman has struggled to get his rhythm this season. He was only 2-for-7 from the field in Tuesday night’s 127-101 loss to the LosAngeles Lakers and came back in to the game shooting only 33.7 percent from outside the 3-point arc.
“I feel it will turn around. I am aware that it will turn around,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr explained. “This game is funny, life is funny. And also you just have to find your way out of the woods. Our job as a staff is to help we do that if we’re in a rut, and it’s really to help individual players as well. Like I said, I don’t have any doubt that Klay may find his way, but he’s in a rut at this time. I think that’s obvious. However, it will get better.”
The truth is Thompson is that things haven’t gotten substantially improved all season. The eighth-year veteran came to the game shooting only 44.1 percent from the field, several percentage points less than at any stage in the past 4 seasons. The big key is that Thompson is missing open appearances. He also came to the game shooting only 39 percent on uncontested appearances from 3-point range, in comparison to 52 percent on uncontested appearances from precisely exactly the same space .
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Thompson took only a small number of questions from reporters after Tuesday’s loss, but his purpose was not simple.
“It’s a long season,” he said.
For their own part, his team mates chose blame for his or her mistakes as they try to help Thompson out of their private funk.
“I’m improved,” Warriors power forward D Raymond Green said. “If I’ll be better, it will help open up him more. So that I only got to be improved; it will help him get much better shots, so he’ll get improved appearances, get more appearances. I only got to be improved .”
He said he considers Thompson’s time is coming soon and may help this Warriors group stay on a winning path.
“Only remain in his ear,” Curry said. “We all can play far much better. It’s not just Klay, all of us can play far much better. We all might be more decisive in what we’re attempting to do, exactly how we’re attempting to capture him shots. How we’re attempting to find the ball all that type of material on offense. It is going to progress; of course it’s a tough night in front of a national stage, lots of hype, playing the Lakers.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to move around and play with a lot better and just set an egg, so it’s possible to feel awful about this leaving the stadium. You got to understand that it’s December, we’re in a decent spot. We got to progress, though. We aren’t likely to get a tournament playing we did tonight.”