Klay Thompson says Warriors’ ‘experience’ allowed them to win NBA Finals Game 5
The Warriors overcame a jarring turn of events in order to keep their championship hopes alive. Thompson felt the Dubs’ championship experience helped them take this win, via NBA TV:
“We played poised there, especially down the stretch. I don’t think a young team would be able to do that.” Thompson said. “We’ve seen it all, we’ve seen the 3-1 lead blown. We have come back from a 3-1 lead. Nothing really fazes us at this point.
The comments from Klay Thompson are certainly understandable. Aside from being loaded with star power, one of Golden state’s advantages over Toronto is the fact that this is familiar territory for the Warriors. They have been on both sides of the divide between winning and losing during their deep playoff runs over the last five years. There is hardly anything that can take them by surprise at this point.
There had been plenty of speculation regarding whether the Warriors would be able to bounce back. Their hope seemed to rest on the return of forward Kevin Durant. Unfortunately, it was short-lived after he was forced to exit with an Achilles injury and his departure undoubtedly dealt another blow to their morale. Regardless, they were able to rally and hold on for a victory in Game 5, helped by the shooting and defense of Klay Thompson.
Things will certainly not get any easier for the Dubs. With Durant likely done for the series, the Warriors will need their championship experience to pay off now more than ever.