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Klay Thompson promises better ball movement in Game 5 vs. Spurs

Klay Thompson

In a game where the defending champion Golden State Warriors could have pulled off a second consecutive four-game sweep of the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs, the Spurs flexed their muscle during Game 4 en route to a 103-90 victory over the Warriors to force a Game 5.

Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson would be the first to admit that he did not have a good game and immediate adjustments on offense need to be made before Tuesday night.

“Me in particular didn’t make very many [shots], so hopefully by the law of averages we’ll make a lot more on Tuesday,” Thompson said, per a video uploaded to Twitter by Warriors beat reporter Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “They made some good adjustments. We’ll watch the tape, see what we didn’t do well, and we’ll execute from what we can figure out from the tape.”

Thompson, who had 12 points on Sunday on just 4-of-16 shooting from the field, knows that the Warriors’ ball movement must be significantly better in order for them to succeed.

Spurs interim head coach Ettore Messina, who is filling in for Gregg Popovich following the tragic death of his wife, added that Golden State is still very difficult to plan for and contain.

“They do not base their game a lot on pick and rolls. They base their game more on cutting and screening,” coach Messina said of the Warriors’ offense, per Mark Medina of The Mercury News. “The great thing they do is the patience they have. They keep moving the ball. They find a good enough shot for Durant or Thompson and then somebody else.”

The Warriors, up 3-1 over the Spurs in this first-round series, will look to close things out on Tuesday night in Game 5 at Oracle Arena.