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Warriors’ Steve Kerr says Klay Thompson ‘is the best two-way guard’ in the playoffs

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The Golden State Warriors will meet the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals, and while everybody’s talking about the monumental clash between Steph Curry and Kawhi Leonard, several other players on both teams’ rosters will try to seize the opportunity to cement their legacies. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr believes one of those guys will be Klay Thompson.

For several years, Thompson made a reputation as one of the best two-way guards in the league, and he’s done it while being the second or third best player on the team. However, in an interview with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami, Kerr said that he has not seen anyone better than Klay in these playoffs, emphasizing the fact that the All-Star guard is the best at what he does on both ends of the floor.

“I think Klay has proven that in a playoff game — maybe there will be pushback on this — but in a playoff game, he’s the best two-way guard in the league. You can’t tell me there’s anybody better at that combination of locking up the opponent’s best player and then going down on the other end and playing at a high level offensively.”

Thompson has been sensational in the playoffs, providing much-needed help to Curry on the offensive end, especially when Kevin Durant went down with an injury, and locking down opposing teams’ best players on the defensive end. Kerr did not commit to Klay guarding Kawhi in the Finals, but don’t be surprised if that happens.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is set to take place on Thursday in Toronto.