Eight nights earlier, he was the man who gave the Warriors a chance against the heavily favored San Antonio Spurs. By scoring 34 points in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series, Klay Thompson became Robin to Stephen Curry's Batman. But the second-year shooting guard was rarely heard from again, and Thursday night he had just 10 points as Golden State bowed out of the NBA postseason with a 94-82 loss at Oracle Arena. With Curry and center Andrew Bogut fighting nagging ankle injuries throughout the series and rookie Harrison Barnes shaken by a blow to the head late in the second quarter Thursday, the Warriors needed a lift from Thompson. When he finally gave it to them, scoring eight points over the game's final 15-plus minutes, it was too late and not enough. "Part of it was them, but a lot of it was just me missing shots I made in Game 2," Thompson said. "It was tough. I just didn't make the shots I was making." With 1:50 left and the Warriors trailing 85-79, Thompson lined up for a wide-open 3-point try from the top of the key. The ball circled the rim and spun off, and with it went Golden State's last real comeback shot. "I would have bet my whole salary that was going in," Thompson said. "Right when it left my hand, as a shooter you know. That felt great. It happens sometimes. Frustrating misses." Thompson shot just 34 percent and averaged barely 10 points over the final four games of the series. He said he didn't become fatigued or frustrated, but teammate Jarrett Jack said the Spurs made life tough for him.
Klay Thompson fails to provide a much-needed lift for the Warriors
Oakland Tribune | May 18