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Video: This Warriors trainer should become an honorary Splash Brother to replace Klay Thompson

Warriors, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

Stephen Curry’s pregame trick shots have become a staple of the Golden State Warriors’ warmup routine. But a team trainer stole the spotlight on Wednesday afternoon.

One of Golden State’s trainers drilled a half-court heave during the Dubs’ shootaround prior to Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. It sent the team into a frenzy:

Has the trainer just replaced the injured Klay Thompson as the second Splash Brother?

Jokes aside, Wednesday’s game between the Warriors and Trail Blazers could feature a barrage of long 3-pointers.

Curry is shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and is matching his career high with 11.7 triples attempted per game. The aerial assault has highlighted Curry’s MVP-caliber season, and he is sure to bring his shooting stroke to the floor considering the friendly rivalry he has with Damian Lillard. In fact, Curry acknowledged his excitement at the opportunity to play against Dame.

The Blazers guard is enjoying an MVP-caliber season of his own, averaging 29.6 points, 8.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 38.0 percent from deep on 11.0 attempts per game. Lillard and Curry shared a nice moment after Steph poured in a career-high 62 points against Portland back in January.

Perhaps the most notable element to what Curry and Lillard have done this season is how they have led their respective teams amid key injuries. Curry has the Warriors in playoff position despite missing Klay Thompson, while Lillard has carried the Trail Blazers without CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic.

Thompson’s absence has been especially tough after the All-NBA guard already missed all of the 2019-20 season. He will not return to the hardwood this year due to an Achilles injury.

Maybe Golden State’s trainer can give Curry and the Dubs the boost they need against Lillard and the Trail Blazers.