Klay Thompson got off to an incredibly rocky start this season but seemed to find his rhythm Monday night against the Indiana Pacers.
The Golden State Warriors pummeled a Pacers squad that was without Paul George and Myles Turner, and the Dubs walked away with the 120-83 win. Thompson was the game’s leading scorer with 25 on 10-of-18 shooting. Stephen Curry chipped in 22 points of his own and commended his Splash Brother for returning to his old form.
According to CSN’s Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Curry said Thompson got his groove back “the same way Stella did.”
The story is different, but the metaphor remains.
Over his last five games, KT finally looks acclimated with the new-look Warriors, and he’s playing the best basketball of his career. Golden State is currently riding an eight-game winning streak where Thompson has averaged 23.8 points on 52.9 percent shooting from the field and 46 from three.
The six games before that, he was nailing just 38.4 percent of his shots and didn’t even crack 16 points per game (15.8). Even more perplexing was how he badly he struggled from three, and just 19.6 percent of his attempts fell.
Golden State has looked like the team we expected over their most recent stretch of games — and it’s scary. Of their eight victories, six have come by double-digits and three have come by at least 20.
They rank first in points per game (117.1) and offensive efficiency (116.7) and are on pace to become the first team since 1991-92 average more than 115 points per game.
The last squad? The Run TMC Warriors.
Along with Thompson, Curry has also found a bit of a groove. His slump wasn’t nearly as bad as his teammate’s, but the two-time MVP was underperforming to start the year. As the Warriors jumped out to a 4-2 record, Durant did a lot of the work, and Curry was sporting average numbers at best: 23.2 points, 44.3 from the field, 35.2 from three.
Over their streak, the Chef has brought his shooting back above 50 percent, and he’s back to being a super-accurate marksman. Moreover, his scoring is up. Curry’s cracked 30 in four of their eight games and is averaging more than 28.
The Warriors are likely to continue this dominating stretch for a few more games. They don’t face a quality opponent until the Atlanta Hawks come to the Bay on Nov. 28, and the three games in between are against the Los Angeles Lakers (a home-and-home) and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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