Warriors Win Game 3 in Blowout Fashion

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Warriors Win Game 3 in Blowout Fashion - Can Klay Thompson Be the Next Steph Curry?

The Golden State Warriors put on a spectacular offensive performance in Game 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies‚ winning 142-112 to take a 2-1 series lead. While Steph Curry had a low scoring night‚ Klay Thompson had a monster game. Here are some of the reasons why Klay Thompson was so dominant. Hopefully this article will help you decide if Klay Thompson can be the next Steph Curry.

Klay Thompson drops 21 factors

The Golden State Warriors are coming off a blowout win against the Chicago Bulls. Klay Thompson scored a career high 41 points‚ including 21 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors led by over 40 points in the first quarter‚ and the Raptors had no answer for the Warriors' relentless defense. While Thompson's scoring is an important part of the team's formula‚ there is a better way to score. Curry scored a game-high 34 factors‚ but the Lakers had 11 full days off in between games. After a blown Game 1 lead‚ they rallied to beat the Sixers at the Spectrum. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar poured on the pressure after the game. The Warriors eventually won the series in six games. The Warriors are in their fifth consecutive Finals‚ and they haven't lost one. The Warriors' dynasty has changed the way the game is played‚ and they're 75-24 overall and 15-7 in Finals games. The Warriors' dynasty will continue to roll along even if Durant leaves this summer. The trio combined to score 84 factors on 60 percent taking pictures and were a plus-52 unit. Thompson's 21-point performance was the third straight game that he scored at least 20 factors. The trio will have to play well to continue this trend‚ but they're a close second.

Steph Curry's low-scoring night

It was an unusually low-scoring night for Steph Curry as the Golden State Warriors won Game 3 of their series with the Portland Trail Blazers in a 132-95 blowout. Despite the low scoring‚ Curry remained the best pure shooter in NBA history. He finished with 25 points in the third quarter‚ one of his lowest scoring quarters of his career. Curry made eight of his eight shots from the field and six of his six three-point attempts in the quarter. For reference‚ Curry made all of his 13 shots in the fourth quarter of his last game against the Kings‚ which was the only other time he scored that many points. Although his scoring total didn't match his usual highs‚ he still had an incredible night. He finished with eight assists‚ five boards‚ a steal‚ and a block. His teammates had no trouble keeping up with him‚ and the Warriors won Game 3 by a score of 119-93. Afterwards‚ the Warriors' Twitter community went crazy with the game's outcome.

Steph Curry's injury

The first sign of Curry's injury came in the second quarter‚ when he slipped on a wet court. He lost his balance and grabbed his right knee. He limped off the court and returned to the bench. His dejected expression said it all. The Warriors lost the game in blowout fashion‚ and Curry likely knew that his season‚ series‚ and career were over‚ but he still insisted on playing. The team announced that Stephen Curry suffered a strained left foot ligament during Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics. The Warriors' coach‚ Steve Kerr‚ called the play by Marcus Smart 'dangerous.' The injury is not considered serious‚ but it will keep Curry out for at least a couple of weeks. He is expected to be out for at least three weeks. However‚ he will likely miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the play-in tournament. The playoffs begin on April 16‚ and Curry will likely miss the next three games. The team's injury was a setback after Klay Thompson's long-awaited return to the lineup. While Thompson and Green were able to play‚ their absences in the last three games has affected the Warriors' season. While Golden State aimed to finish first in the Western Conference‚ the injury has made the team's playoff chances uncertain. The Warriors are still confident they can get back on track with Thompson.

Klay Thompson's dominance

After his dominant performance in the first two games of the playoffs‚ Klay Thompson was able to extend his run and finish with a record-breaking 60 points in Game 3. His dominance was evident from the beginning of the game‚ as he was averaging more than 20 points per game. With the Warriors' bench emptied‚ Thompson would have had more time to score‚ and he matched his season high with nine rebounds. Klay Thompson is now on the Warriors' starting lineup‚ and the suspension of Dillon Brooks should spark him even further. The Warriors jumped out to a 15-point lead at halftime‚ and Klay Thompson capped off the run with two three-pointers to help his team take control of the game. Thompson sank four of six three-point attempts‚ contributing a game-high 21 points. Meanwhile‚ his team got another 25-point effort from Jordan Poole‚ who finished with 27 points. The Warriors also made a point to exploit Memphis' weaknesses in the paint‚ scoring 62 points in the paint and shooting 63 percent from the field. The Warriors' defense also helped Thompson's cause. Thompson had his best game yet‚ hitting 12 three-pointers in his last two games. The Warriors also hit a season high of 14 3s. Klay Thompson's play was so prolific that they managed to win the game in blowout fashion. The Warriors' chemistry helped them to come out victorious. There's no doubt that Thompson is the best player on the team‚ and he has the potential to become an all-time great.

Klay Thompson's defense

The Warriors need Klay Thompson to get back on track if they are to compete in the NBA Finals. After scoring 24.5 points per game in the first four games of the playoffs‚ he averaged just 14 points and made just 21.4 percent of his 3-point shots in the next three games. Against the Warriors‚ Thompson's defense is the difference in Game 3 and has been crucial to the Warriors' success. In addition to Klay Thompson's stellar defense‚ the Warriors also had some solid bench players. Kevon Looney came off the bench early and was instrumental in preventing Harden and Paul from getting easy baskets. Looney did a great job around the rim‚ blocking two shots in fifteen minutes of play. Jordan Bell also played meaningful minutes and held his own against Harden and Paul. The Warriors have a few defensive issues that will have to be fixed before they can make a real impact in the Western Conference. In the meantime‚ Stephen Curry will not be able to compete as much without Klay Thompson‚ and they will need to rely on their other players in order to win. Klay Thompson's defense will be key in this series. While Klay Thompson's offense is essential‚ the Warriors' secondary players will have to do more to protect their perimeter and keep the Rockets off the court.

Klay Thompson's free throws

After the Warriors won Game 2 by a resounding 104-86 score‚ it's time to look at the details of Game 3. It was a complete blowout in the end. The Warriors led by as many as 23 points in the first half and went on to dominate the second. Klay Thompson finished with a career-high 32 points‚ while Steph Curry tossed in a season-high 29. Golden State kept their cool throughout the first half‚ limiting Memphis to only one field goal and one three-pointer. After a controversial call‚ Memphis forward Kyle Anderson was ejected. Curry‚ Klay Thompson and Draymond Green combined for a 97-point victory. Memphis forward Kevin Morant scored only 17 points and was forced to sit for the remainder of the game due to an injury. The free-throws helped the Warriors win Game 3 in blowout fashion‚ and Thompson capped his historic night by setting a career high for three-pointers. Klay Thompson had a career-high 42.2 percent success rate entering the series. Despite a pending free-agent deal and a recent beard growth‚ Thompson managed to break his slump with his shot selection.

Klay Thompson's rebounding

After scoring a season-high 46 points in Game 2‚ Klay Thompson was slammed with 10 rebounds to help the Warriors win Game 3 in a blowout. The veteran power forward had been limited to bench minutes because of a torn Achilles tendon. Despite his limited role‚ Thompson would have preferred to be out on the floor in Game 3‚ facing off with his superstar teammate and the overpowering Nets' trifecta. The Warriors' defense dominated in the first two games of the series‚ but they struggled to stop the Raptors. While the Raptors had several unsustainable games against the Warriors‚ the Raptors' offense had a particularly good night. Toronto needed to hit 18 3-pointers and get seven from Fred VanVleet to defeat the Bucks by six. However‚ the Raptors had a better fourth quarter‚ with Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard each scoring over 20 points. The Warriors have now clinched the series with three consecutive wins. Game 3 was the first in which Stephen Curry missed a game due to a sprained MCL‚ but he returned to the lineup in Game 4 to help the Warriors win the series. The Warriors won Game 4 121-94 to win the series. The Warriors will play the San Antonio Spurs in the second round.