The 28-year-old certainly has a habit of showing up and delivering when it matters most.
"I hate when anybody gets hurt". I can't wait to see how it shakes out. "I don't know. I guess everything happens for a reason. I probably sounded more vocal than I am". He's going to play. I was more anxious about the offense coming into the game than the defense. "I thought we had a breakthrough last game, a couple things offensively". "I think Pat's comfortable with it".
On this night, there was no hesitation on Thompson's part.
There was a natural link to the last time Thompson was this splashy in a Game 6 elimination game, two summers ago when he dropped 41 on Oklahoma City to trigger a comeback from 3-1 down. I just think getting it to 10 at halftime was a really big deal. He doesn't worry about judgment and results. "At the same time, we'll rally and do what's right", D'Antoni said. "He's so comfortable in his own skin".
I don't want to go home. The pressure doesn't seem to bother him much. It also comes from him just loving the game, loving to play and loving these moments, he just took full advantage of it.
It's worth watching early on to see if the tweak to his knee suffered in Game 6 has any impact - he scored 12 points after it in that game, but it's possible it tightened up after his body cooled down.
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"I was not always like this", he said. "I used to be so hard on myself, especially early in my career".
In 39 minutes, Thompson poured in 35 points (13-of-23 shooting from the field and 9-of-14 shooting from the 3-point line), six rebounds, two assists and four steals. Gordon responded by making his first four 3-pointers and scoring a rugged 19 points, while Harden - who entered Game 6 having missed 20 consecutive 3-pointers - totaled 32 points after missing his first two shots from long range. Before the start of the season, Kerr told reporters that if he had to do it all over again, he'd be Klay Thompson, and that his shooting guard has "got it figured out".
"Next question", the 6-foot-11 forward promptly said.
The victor will advance to the NBA Finals. Then they got outscored by Golden State's Splash Brothers in the second half, when Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 37 points and the Rockets managed to put up only 25. They're champs. They're going to come back fighting, and they did.
Thompson's latest piece of work helped awaken the Warriors from being trapped in an extended state of stun, courtesy of how fierce the Rockets came at them right from the start. "We felt good about where we were at that time. We wouldn't have it any other way". We knew what we were up against. After Saturday's Game 6, Kerr once again brought up Thompson's personality as an asset in big-game situations. His teammates are grateful that his production helped keep their season alive. "He's kind of numb to the environment".