After a big Game 1 win over the Houston Rockets, the Golden State Warriors were unable to match the tidal wave that came from the Rockets in game 2 as Houston managed to even the series 1-1.
With the series heading to Oakland, the Warriors are hoping to recapture the momentum and take a leg up in the series. One player who was particularly quiet in Game 2 and determined to change that in Game 3 is Klay Thompson.
Thompson finished with just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in the Game 2 loss after 28 points in the Game 1 win.
“I’ll be better tomorrow,” Thompson said for when the Warriors (1-1) play Game 3 against Houston in the Western Conference Finals on Sunday at Oracle Arena. “I guarantee it.”
“They just tried to take away open looks,” Thompson said. “But I have to hunt for those open looks and not settle. I’ll do that [in Game 3].”
“Not really force the issue, but just be more aggressive, whether that’s to make a play for somebody else or for my own shot,” Thompson said. “Just be more aggressive and a threat instead of standing around.”
The Warriors will certainly need more from Thompson in Game 3 and these comments make it appear Thompson is ready to do just that.
Of course, there will be many other factors in the game. Golden State first and foremost needs to slow down the Rockets’ offense to create more transition opportunities where the Warriors particularly thrive.