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Warriors’ Klay Thompson moves past Manu Ginobili on all-time playoff 3-pointers list

Klay Thompson, Manu Ginobili, Warriors, Spurs

The Golden State Warriors’ embrace of 3-point shots is one reason why Klay Thompson moved past Manu Ginobili on the all-time NBA playoff 3-point list. Klay being an elite shooter is another.

Thompson notched this latest milestone in his playoff career Saturday night in Game 3 of the Warriors’ Western Conference semifinal series against the Houston Rockets. The Warriors lost to Houston in overtime, 126-121, to reduce the Dubs’ series lead to 2-1 heading into Game 4. Thompson, though, moved past Manu and elevated his place as a postseason 3-point marksman:

It is easy to be lost in the shadows of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two generationally remarkable basketball players and shooters, but Klay Thompson has carved out his own place in history as an elite shooter, far from a peripheral player. What makes the career of Klay Thompson even more impressive is how superb he has become as a post defender. His defense late in Game 3 against Houston on Saturday night was strong, and it helped the Warriors push the Rockets into overtime. The fact that Thompson is regarded around the NBA as an elite defender makes his 3-point shooting prowess stand out even more.

His defense does not hijack or diminish his offense. His legs are not zapped when the Warriors need a big basket. He is still able to shoot after pouring out maximum energy on defense.

Ginobili, who will one day be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame alongside Thompson, was not the same kind of player as Thompson, to be sure. Yet, Manu did own a champion’s ability to make his presence felt in several different aspects of basketball. He also applied enormous pressure on defenses despite being a strong and able defender in his own right. Last but certainly not least, he made a lot of huge 3-point baskets in his playoff career.

Klay Thompson and Manu Ginobili deserve to share the spotlight on a night when one player rose above the other on the all-time postseason 3-point list.