Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson has understandably been a little off since his return to the court this month.
A two-year layover battling various injuries will do that to someone.
Thompson’s struggles culminated in a 12-point effort against the Indiana Pacers earlier this week that saw him miss all seven of his threes attempted. It marked the first time this season he failed to connect on a single shot from beyond the arc and the first time since March 2019 since it last occurred.
Fortunately, Thompson’s teammates aren’t worried. Stephen Curry got brutally honest about his Splash Brother’s struggles during a recent postgame media session.
“I think he had that quote last game, I kept telling him, ‘A hundred and one. You shoot 100 shots, you miss it, once 101 is going in,’” Curry said, per Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports. “I’m going to keep telling him that message, because it’s going to come.”
Thompson is currently shooting 37.2 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from beyond the arc – both career lows. But it’s still early.
Everyone knows Thompson will figure things out in short order.
“Everything he’s gone through is hard, for two and a half years,” Curry added. “I’m betting on him to be able to figure it out over time. There’s no doubt about that — well, I know him and his mindset, the confidence he has in himself.”
While he was out trying to get healthy Thompson kept himself in the news with a little bit of girl drama and some partying ways. But at his core, he is one of the best basketball players in the NBA today. Because of that, when he’s not getting distracted, he’s always a sure bet to produce strong results.
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Thompson is currently in a bit of a funk, but it won’t last. And once he gets his mind right, the Warriors are going to turn into a scary, scary team.
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