Monta Ellis scored 33 points on 13-of-23 shooting and David Lee had a 15/13/6 night with a couple great finishes mixed in. Ho-hum. After spending the evening at Oracle, Klay Thompson’s ascendance seems to be the biggest (non-Lin) Warriors story these days. The rookie scored 14 points after scoring 19 in his previous game, and has made 12 of his last 16 threes.
Mark Jackson gushed about Thompson after the Warriors’ 106-97 win over the Houston Rockets. Some of Jackson’s quotes in the video below include:
“I watched him in a workout before the draft and he was by far the best player. The thing I love about him is nothing bothers him. It’s absolutely funny. He doesn’t care.
“Underrated defender. Underrated passer. It’s scary to think how good he’s going to be.”
“If he continues to play like he’s playing and continues to work hard he’ll be in the big show, he won’t have to worry about freshman/sophomore games.”
(By the way, Ralph Barbieri made a cameo during this video.)
Here’s what Thompson had to say after the game about Jackson’s comments on his “emotionless” demeanor, staying confident at the beginning of the season and how he’s adjusted to playing defense in the NBA.
More postgame notes coming up on what was a pretty impressive win at Oracle including the Warriors’ lofty immediate goal, according to Monta Ellis.