After Monday’s practice, Klay Thompson said he was more disappointed with his performance on the defensive end last night against the Knicks than anything else.
“I let too many guys get around me too easy,” Thompson said. “That’s just not very characteristic of me.”
Thompson was hard on himself, because the Warriors need more from him … starting tomorrow night in Dallas. The Warriors won’t have Andrew Bogut for at least the next two games, which means Thompson needs to play even better defensively than usual, not worse.
They’ll also be without David Lee when they face the Mavericks, which means Thompson will remain the Warriors’ clear No. 2 offensive option. Thompson had nine rebounds and made a late three to cut the Knicks’ lead to one, but 6-of-18 from the floor and no free throw attempts isn’t going to cut it.
“Probably just ball fluidity and moving the ball,” Thompson said about the team’s offensive struggles against New York. “I think when we get stagnant and hold the ball too long is when teams guard us better. But we’ve got so many weapons, when we move the ball continuously and play through one another, it’s hard to guard us.”
Maybe the challenge of back-to-back games in Texas could be just the thing that’ll get them playing crisp, unselfish offensive basketball.
“Sometimes a road trip can be good for you because you get a little too comfortable at home. You go on the road and you focus a little more. Just pay attention to basketball,” Thompson said.
“I think this could be good for us. Get our swag back and take some pressure off Steph. It’s tough making him go out and get 30 and 10 and the rest of us not help him out a little more.”
I asked Mark Jackson if he’s excited to see how Thompson responds. After all, Thompson isn’t usually all that talkative with the media, and now he’s mentioned the need to give Stephen Curry some extra help twice in less than 24 hours.
“(Thompson is) a star basketball player. A guy that is the best at his position at playing offense and defense and I don’t think it’s even close. To see how far he’s developed and how good he’s going to be when it’s all said and done is scary. He’s a guy that’s no maintenance and that’s not afraid of the moment. So I’m truly excited about not just next game, but the future with him,” Jackson said.
Jackson was asked about his shooting guard today, and Thompson answered a question about the craziness of last week and all the stories about his coach as well.
“I don’t think it’s very fair just because I think Coach Jackson has done a great job here,” Thompson said. “But that’s business, and there’s expectations that go along with being a talented team. I’ve just got do my part and my teammates, just go out and prove the naysayers wrong.”