On Monday night, Klay Thompson found a way to keep his heroic performance going into overtime. The Golden State Warriors star contributed to his team’s historic 143-141 victories over the Atlanta Hawks with 10 points and a crucial assist in both overtimes, extending their winning streak to a season-long five games.
The Warriors were forced to play with a nine-man rotation that includes Anthony Lamb, Ty Jerome, and Patrick Baldwin Jr., in addition to missing Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, JaMychal Green, and James Wiseman. On Monday, Golden State had a strong performance from everyone who saw time on the court, but Thompson knew he would be pushed to do more if he got hot in the first quarter.
After completing his 54-point masterpiece, Thompson acknowledged how worn out he was. But he couldn’t help but issue a warning to the rest of the NBA in the process.
Thompson said to Dubs play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald on the postgame broadcast, “More to come.” “Y’all, I’m dead.”
Even the quickest, most agile stars in basketball would be out of breath after playing 46 of a possible 58 minutes while inspiring their team to a grueling comeback victory. But Thompson is 33 and has only recently made a comeback after missing two and a half seasons due to two serious lower leg injuries. The Warriors were still easing him into a typical minute’s load only six weeks ago. He still needs to play consecutive games.
Even though it lessens the likelihood that Klay Thompson’s retro performance will be matched in the future, all that background only highlights how exceptional it was. But nobody is so gullible as to think that Thompson’s hand won’t ever get quite as heated. Despite some significant early-season problems, he has been chucking fire for almost a decade and hasn’t lost his all-time shooting touch—a terrifying truth for the rest of the NBA.