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They say you’re your own worst critic, and that’s certainly been the case for Klay Thompson amid his early season struggles with the Warriors.
And while self-accountability is important and necessary for any professional athlete, Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes it has at times been detrimental to Thompson’s comeback journey.
“The thing with Clay, he has a huge record. He’s a Hall of Fame player,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon and Ratto” Thursday. “It’s weighing heavily on him at the moment, the injuries of the last two years. He wants it so much. In my experience, when players want it too much, it gets in their way. I just think he wants it too much.
“He has to find a way to take the weight of the world off his shoulders and enjoy the game. And that’s my job, staff job [and] his teammates’ job to help him try to do.”
Thompson is averaging 15.1 points on 35.1 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc — the lowest shooting percentages of his NBA career.
Of course, the Warriors are only 15 games into the season and it’s probably too early to panic, especially considering what Thompson has already proven throughout his 12-year career.
“I’m very confident that Clay will be able to get out of this mess, or whatever you want to call it,” Kerr added. “But it’s a frustration you can feel. You can see it in his eyes, he’s just frustrated. He wants everything back immediately and it just doesn’t work that way.
“You just have to go out, play and relax. The ball will come back to him.”
Easier said than done, especially for a player like Thompson, whose competitive nature naturally allows him to be so hard on himself.
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The Warriors are 6-9 and winless on the road this season, but it’s by no means Steph Curry’s fault. The reigning NBA Finals MVP is averaging 32.8 points on 53.1% shooting from the field and 44.7% from deep, along with 6.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists.
Curry’s 50 points came off the Warriors’ disappointing 130-119 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Thompson shot 35.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the 3-point line in the loss. He finished with 19 points, but Kerr said Thompson’s poor shot selection was a “problem” and ended up hurting Golden State.
However, Kerr remains confident in his shooter. And once Thompson gets things going, which Kerr and the Warriors know he will, it will be a scary sight for the rest of the league.
“My belief is stronger than your doubt,” Thompson wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “I PROMISE you it’s coming. And when it does, the floodgates will open.”
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