Why Mychal Thompson gets frustrated with how Warriors use Klay Thompson

Drew Shiller

Why Mychal Thompson gets frustrated with how Warriors use Klay Thompson originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Friday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Klay Thompson scored just 11 points (5-for-15 FG) in the Warriors' Game 4 second-round NBA playoff series loss in Houston.

He bounced back in a big way in Game 5, scoring a team-high 27 points (11-for-20 FG), while also recording three steals.

Did his father notice any significant tweaks that caused the breakout performance?

"Big difference -- he wasn't standing on the sidelines and letting Eric Gordon or Iman Shumpert face guard him," Mychal Thompson said on 95.7 The Game recently. "He was moving, he was getting back to part of the strength of the game outside of his shooting -- his movement. 

"And the Warriors were swinging the ball and getting him involved. He has to attack the basket more -- cut. That first layup he got, you got to be active. Don't just stand on the sideline and accept being face-guarded."

Speaking of that first layup:

Is cutting to the basket more something the five-time All-Star knows to do instinctively by now or does he need to be reminded?

"I think that's the way the offense was set up," Mychal explained. "Sometimes I get frustrated to see Klay just come down and stand on the sideline for 20 seconds, or for 18 seconds of the shot clock. I always think keep him out front so he can move, have more area to move -- if anything as a decoy, as a threat, use his gravitational pull.

"He came off of one screen on the baseline the other night where Capela and his defender followed him out, and then Looney slipped and gets a dunk. They were so concerned about Klay."

Here's the video proof:

"So you gotta use the strength of his game -- his movement -- to draw the defense away from other guys, too," Mychal added. "When Klay just stands still and watches, that's not good for the Warriors."

As for Mychal's comment about Golden State's offense being set up to have Klay standstill on the wing, the immediate reaction is, "Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm."

Remember what ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on Tuesday morning? In case you forgot: "I'm told Klay isn't happy -- his number hasn't been called nearly enough. He's tired of sitting around and getting, this is a quote, the 'crumbs' left behind by other people."


After Game 5, Klay refuted that report.

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"Unless you guys here from Klay himself, just dismiss everything else," Mychal advised during his 95.7 appearance.

In truth, Klay's off-ball movement isn't as effective against the Rockets because of Houston's switching defense.

It's still possible for the two-time All-NBA selection to erupt in this series. But if the Warriors are fortunate enough to advance to the Western Conference finals, that's when you can expect more consistent offensive production from Klay.

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