What did Klay Thompson look like on his return to the Warriors?

People act like they’ve forgotten about Klaye.

After 941 days since he last played a meaningful NBA game, Klay Thompson returned to the Golden State Warriors in a 96:82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson finished with 17 points (7 out of 18 from the field) and three rebounds in just 20 minutes.

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The 31-year-old has been out of the game for more than two years while rehabilitating two of the most serious injuries an NBA player may have had: in the sixth game of the 2019 NBA Finals, he tore his ACL in his left knee and broke in November 2020 to try to return. true Achilles’ speech.

In Thompson’s last full season (2018-19), he averaged 21.5 points per game, while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from behind the arc.

The preparation for “Klay Day”, as he became famous, was incredible as love and support swept through the NBA world.

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The roar of the crowd at the Chase Center when Thompson was introduced was deafening.

You knew the Warriors would be trying to get Thompson’s touches soon, so it was no surprise that he had scored the first basket of the match for the Warriors, a floating swimmer. However, it soon became clear that he still had some nerves.

“I thought it would be one of those nights after the float I had, I kept shooting … I was nervous to start,” he said after the match. “I’m grateful to be here and to the love I got before the match and for the video tribute. It was exceptional. It’s a night I’ll never forget and fulfill all that hype.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he would keep track of Thompson’s minutes and eliminated the guards in the middle of the first quarter. However, when he returned in the second, he looked more like Klay from the old days.

Thompson had a game of the night when he crossed his defender on the 3-point line, drove into the lane and soaked him over two Cavs players.

At one stage in the beginning of the third quarter, Thompson had seven points in seven minutes when the Warriors increased their lead to 12, forcing the Cavaliers to call off the timeout.

During the game, Thompson even reached two career milestones – 12,000 points and 1,800 threes.

His return poses problems for the rest of the league, as the Warriors moved to 30-9 this season, drawing with Phoenix at the top of the Western Conference table.


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