Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson broke out of his early season slump in a major way on Monday night, by draining 14 treys en route to 52 points in 26 minutes , breaking the NBA record set by his teammate Steph Curry.
“I just knew I was due for a big night,” Thompson said, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I just knew it.”
“It’s the best feeling,” Thompson said of his locked in shooting performance “Something I haven’t felt in the first six, seven games. To snap out of a slump with the record, I couldn’t ask for a better way to do it. And I’m just going to continue this momentum on Wednesday, and it’s one of the best feelings in basketball when you touch the ball and feel like it’s going in every time.”
Thompson credited his teammates, and the system they play in, for being able to accomplish the feat.
“I really believe, I don’t know if I would have been able to break the records I have got in my past, just like tonight, without the system I play in or the team I’m with or the guys I play with,” Thompson said. “Because they knew even before I went out for the second half. Steph looked at the box score and said, ‘Go get it.’ And that just shows you the unselfishness that is within him. Same with KD and Draymond and DJ and everyone else that was out there on the floor trying to find me and get me good looks.”
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Discusses Criticism of Defense
Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins has had an up-and-down run with the Warriors this year, but has shows instances of the dominant All-Star form that he showed throughout the majority of his career.
As Cousins continues to get acclimated with his new team, and get back to form following his return from a lengthy injury, many have pointed to Cousins’ struggles on the defensive end of the court, to which Cousins takes issue with.
“It’s an adjustment to try to figure things out and see how we’re gonna play with the coverages” Cousins said following Golden State’s loss to the Boston Celtics, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.
“I’m gonna adjust to this game, and like I said, we’re trying to figure it out right now, and what’s best, and it’s a different look with the personnel in the game.
“To say I’m struggling, it’s a bit foolish. It’s a different look every day with the personnel. Of course with Kyrie [Irving] and Jayson Tatum you want to be up on the screen, and then in other situations you play other guards back.
When you play a big, you play in the drop.”
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Feeling Comfortable with Team
Golden State Warriors’ big man DeMarcus Cousins is feeling good as he is hitting his stride with his new team this season, so much so that he is saying that he is finally in his “happy place”.
“I’m just being myself,” Cousins said, according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami.
“It’s fun to win, it’s fun to play for something, it’s fun to play the right way on a nightly basis. I’ve got no complaints. … Me being back on the floor, this is my happy place, man. Just happy to be back.
“And the scary part about it: we’ve still got so much more room to grow.”
Cousins is averaging 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game for Golden State this season.
Rockets’ James Harden Prefers to Play in a System Versus Hero Ball
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has been having a phenomenal season offensively, but many people aren’t a fan of his “hero ball” style of play to rack up the stats.
Golden State Warriors’ guard Steph Curry said that he spoke with Harden, and that Harden stated his preference to play in a system, rather than play “hero ball”.
2019 | @stephencurry30 on conversation with @jharden13 “I talked to James in the back… obviously complemented him on what he’s done. First thing he says is, it’s fun, but I want to play different. Playing by myself or whatever , heroball — the people wanna play in a system where they actually can play beautiful basketball with guys that know how to play.”
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