Klay Thompson still learning to be more efficient with only 13 shots per game
Klay Thompson snapped out of a playoff-long struggle, busting out of it with his most efficient game of the postseason — tallying 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from deep in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The long-range sniper has been mired in a shooting slump, logging three different games with only six points and a field goal efficiency below the 40s.
Talking with ABC’s post-game crew, Thompson revealed the adjustment he had to make after bringing Kevin Durant into the fold earlier this year.
“I did, especially through the beginning of the year, but I think in the playoffs is another adjustment too because the game shrinks, there’s not as many possessions, there’s not as many shots,” Thompson told Kenny “The Jet” Smith. “So I’m still learning to be more efficient with only 12, 13 looks a game, which is cool with me, cause I got two MVPs on my team in Steph and KD, who you can throw it to anytime and bail you by getting easy buckets.”
“I’m still getting there and I still have another level to get to and I think people have seen that. There was a little adjustment, but I can always control what I do on this side of the floor, which is defense and I’m still able to impact the game if I stayed locked into that side.”
Thompson’s defense hasn’t faltered despite his shooting struggles, which speaks a lot about his two-way player label, as most of these rare breeds draw energy from their offensive efforts to fuel their defense.
The 6-foot-7 shooting guard limited the Cleveland Cavaliers to 1-of-12 shooting when he was the primary defender in Game 1, despite scoring only six points.
With a game’s worth of confidence, Golden State still awaits an explosive night from the Washington State standout, which could be much-needed going on the road the next two games with a 2-0 lead in The Finals.