By Klay Thompson’s standards, he isn’t having a superb 2022 NBA Finals and he’d be the primary to confess he is not playing at the extent he expects of himself.
After the Warriors spent nearly every week in Boston, they returned to the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon and Thompson did the one thing he could consider to attempt to reset and clear his mind ahead of Game 5 on Monday night at Chase Center.
He went for a swim within the Bay.
During his 31-month rehab from two lower leg injuries, Thompson’s blissful place was on his boat cruising across the Bay and outdoors the Golden Gate Bridge.
So it’s no surprise that Thompson went straight for the water the moment he got home.
Through the primary 4 games of the Finals against the Celtics, Thompson is the Warriors’ second leading scorer at 17.3 points per game. But he’s shooting 35.8 percent from the sector and 34.2 percent from 3-point range, having made just 13 of his 38 attempts from deep.
His points per game have declined for the reason that starting of the 2022 NBA playoffs. In the primary round against Denver, he averaged 22.6 points, while against Memphis and Dallas, he averaged 18.5 points and 18.6 points, respectively.
In 32 regular-season games since returning on Jan. 9, Thompson averaged 20.4 points per game, so clearly, he’s frustrated along with his current output within the Finals, although he’s going up against the top-rated defense within the league.
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The Warriors went to Boston and did what they needed to do, earning a split and wrestling back home-court advantage within the Finals. The series is tied two-games-apiece with a pivotal Game 5 coming up Monday night.
Warriors fans are able to see Game 6 Klay on Thursday night at TD Garden, but when he goes off in Game 5, it is very likely that his dip within the frigid Bay Area waters was the turning point for him.