OAKLAND, California. Everyone knows about Klay Thompson’s ability to get dangerously hot in a hurry.
His stingy defense could be the most important thing when he returns for the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night with his team losing 2-1 in Toronto.
“We can not fall into the trap of thinking that the offense will win another championship or let the end of the court affect our defense,” said Stephen Curry on the heels of a career of 47 points in the postseason. In the game of warriors 3 defeat.
Thompson is scheduled to play on Friday unless he has more problems with his distended tendon in his left hamstring after he retired from the 123-109 loss on Wednesday, while Kevin Durant remains out of the game as he tries to return to work from a right calf.
With the way Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Danny Green delivered the Raptors over and over again to respond to every big hit of Curry, Thompson’s defense will be a key part of the two-time defending champions’ adjustment as they try to match the series at Casa before another trip to Toronto.
“People fall in love with their shots and how hot they can become offensive, but the way our team plays defensively and the chemistry we have and the experience, is at the forefront,” Curry said. “And it’s a difficult adjustment when men who have not been in that position constantly and in these kinds of moments are thrown into their minutes, so he’d love to have him out there on that end of the floor too, especially with a team like Toronto.” .
Thompson, who was injured at the end of Golden State’s victory in Game 2 in Toronto, even surprised the Raptors when he did not show up on the court for information.
The Raptors still had him on the board to play when the team left the locker room just before game time.
Not facing Thompson became a key advantage and the five Toronto starters scored in double figures, and Curry was forced to take on a bigger load.
“He’s a great defender, I think he’s one of the best, right at the top of the league’s best wing defenders,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse on Thompson. “He’s probably underestimated in that department, he really does some incredible defensive performances for them, especially when they really need them.”
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SUSPENDED INVERSOR WARRIOR
Warriors investor Mark Stevens was banned by the NBA for a year and was fined $ 500,000 for pushing Lowry and addressing obscene language to him early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday.
“It should not be part of our league, there’s just no place for that,” Lowry said, confirming Thursday that there were obscenities directed at him.
Assistance was received for Lowry to handle the incident, including a text message from LeBron James.
“I was furious, I’m not going to lie,” Lowry said.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr apologized personally to Lowry and the Raptors, calling Stevens’s behavior “unacceptable.”
Draymond Green applauded Lowry’s calm response.
“You have to give Kyle a lot of credit for the way he handled it,” Green said. “You’re playing in the NBA Finals, so your emotions are high.” For him to handle it the way he did, he says a lot about his character, a lot about him as a man and how he manages himself. That was great. ” to see.”
They have seen everything
Last season, the Warriors had to win Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on the road in Houston. They triumphed with a sick Kerr who stayed on the sidelines for much of the 16-1 title in 2017.
This fifth consecutive NBA final has brought its own challenges, especially all injuries.
“Our best basketball is usually played when our backs are against the wall,” Green said.
Durant was not going to enter the court in a practice situation on Thursday, as the Warriors initially thought, but he could do it as early as Friday or Saturday with the hope that he can still return before the finals are over.
“There was no setback, I was hoping today was the day he could get to the floor,” Kerr said. “It’s not going to be today.”
Durant, the two-time Final Final MVP who averaged 34.2 points this postseason before the injury, was injured in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets on May 8. Since then, he has missed all eight games.
Oracle Arena is really in its last hurray. The game on Friday night 4 is the only guaranteed contest left in the arena before Golden State moves to