The other Splash Bro, Klay Thompson, saved and extended the Golden State Warriors’ remarkable season with one of the greatest shooting performances in NBA history, hanging 41 points and a record-setting 11 three-pointers on the OKC Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
In a thinly-veiled shoutout to one of his corporate sponsors, Thompson says his special Yoda socks helped with the marksmanship.
Gotta be the socks 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jZ4sfb28ef
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) May 29, 2016
Warriors owner Joe Lacob kneel before shooting machine Klay Thompson https://t.co/6tyvwYNqV8
— Sportando (@Sportando) May 29, 2016
The Dubs are back in Oakland tonight with a chance to close out the Thunder in a do-or-die Game 7 for the right to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
“I brought my Yoda socks to bring out my Jedi powers,” Thompson said after a performance in which the least heralded, but no less important, member of the Splash Brothers saved Golden State’s season. […] The Force was indeed strong in Thompson as he nailed an NBA-postseason-record 11 3-pointers and scored a playoff-career-high 41 points to lead the Warriors to a 108-101 victory against the Thunder that forced a Game 7 and restored that swagger that appeared all but vanished the last time they were in this building. But the impetus for this stunning momentum shift actually occurred in the locker room after a humiliating loss last Sunday that put Golden State down 3-1 and threatened to turn the Warriors’ desires to repeat in leave-no-doubt fashion into disaster and their surprisingly long list of haters into giddy, I-told-you-so gloaters.
The Warriors extended their chase for immortality for at least another game but also kept intact an impressive statistic that has exemplified the mental fortitude of this team over the past four seasons: Since Thompson, Green, Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut came together, Golden State has won a road game in all 10 playoff series. Before they hit the floor of an arena that caused them so much embarrassment, Thompson and Curry huddled with each other on the bench for a few minutes, going over strategy – attacking Oklahoma City’s big men inside, making the Thunder pay for switching – and offering encouragement to one another. […] “We just told each other, be aggressive,” Thompson said. “Go out there and do what we do.”
Who Thompson is – a fiery competitor who keeps the coals burning slow internally – also came out. As he sat in front of his locker room stall, Thompson took a moment to smile and appreciate what had just happened. […] “What a game. What a game,” Thompson said to a group of reporters surrounding him. “The NBA should thank us for that game.”