Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson scores 31, still motivated by Rookie/Sophomore Game snub

Klay Thompson didn’t get the memo that the Golden State Warriors would like to lose as many of the rest of their games as possible. “Tank,” as the kids say.

And why should Thompson care? He isn’t in a hurry to add another lottery pick to next year’s rotation. Monta Ellis is gone, and the rookie who Mark Jackson called a “prototypical” shooting guard (as opposed to “undersized,” like a certain someone) after Saturday’s game finally has a chance to show he’s not just another rookie.

Thompson scored 31 points, all of them through the first three quarters of Golden State’s 111-108 win over the Sacramento Kings. The man who owner Joe Lacob said could win Rookie of the Year is making that statement look less ludicrous by the game. Thompson’s averaging 20.1 ppg since The Trade, showing part of the reason why the Warriors were happy to get any sort of asset in return for Monta Ellis, even an injured one.

Interesting postgame comments after the game from Thompson, who showed he’s not over a certain All-Star Weekend snub. The Warriors are just playing out the string. But in a sense, the season’s just getting underway for Thompson.

Reporter: Are you playing with a chip on your shoulder? 

Thompson: Yeah, I am. Still haven’t forgot about the rookie game. Looking forward to being in that. But if I keep playing like this, we keep winning, people will take notice. I’m just going to continue to be aggressive and work on my game. 

BASG: You played 42 minutes tonight. Are you getting close to that rookie wall people talk about?

Thompson: No, I’m young. I’m 22 and I got fresh legs. If you take care of your body, we got 20 more games we got to grind through. Just got to make a run here. Want to be a threat in this Western Conference. I don’t think I’ve hit that wall yet, I’ll still keep working.

BASG: Ready tomorrow? 

Thompson: Yeah, I’ll be ready tomorrow. Going back home, have family there. I grew up going to the Rose Garden. I’m going to have butterflies in my stomach when I walk in. Been watching the Blazers there since I was two.

 

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Stan
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I told you-Monta’s role is the easiest in the NBA to fill..just shoot and score. A popular job..fun. Bogut has the work to do.
Monta is already just a average fill in for the Bucks.
Jeez,and to think Nelson and Cohan and even Lacob painted Monta as soooo valuable..

Stan
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Ellis score 9 points in the 1st quarter..0 in the second-early 4th,was sat fo rthe rest of the game. Bucks lose.
The Bucks ARE the new OLD Golden State..

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And- I dont hate-A,Monta. I hate what he represented..and half or most of that wasn’t even his fault. I hated that the Warriors Org.just clung to him,and made wild assumptions about his talents..and the winningest coach in NBA history just blew up a very good team..and put it on the shoulders of Ellis. I hated reading of the many quaility trades passed up by the Warriors by teams in the past playoff hunts…because we wanted a HOF for Ellis..who would be the new teams 2nd or 3rd string at best. So,we got nobody. He wasnt a “core” he was more… Read more »
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Stan while I agree in parts of what you say, the bucks are 7 and 3 over their last ten, and just snapped a 5 game losing streak by losing to two east playoff caliber teams in Indiana and Boston. As far as Monta s minutes go, you k new Scott skills would be a red ass, and try to get monta to play his brand of ball, give them a few games before we jump to conclusions on monta and the bucks. And as far as klay goes, good for him, I hope he makes us forget monta that… Read more »
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Excuse me the bucks snapped their own five game winning streak by losing to pacers and celts….sorry

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Yeah-but thats classic Monta BB, put up against the bad teams..but we never did see Monta drop 48 on the Lakers or Jazz or Boston,..never read Monta (Kobe like) came on in the fourth to explode on Team X,of that playoff caliber.
He just wasn’t that good. Bogut with a broken ankle may turnout that we hoodwinked and took advantage of the Bucks. Shame on us..for once in three decades.

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Remember when Sleepy Floyd put 58 on the Lakers of the Magic Johnson (I think) days?..a red hot fourth. Monta in 7 years never came close.

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