Klay Thompson broke out of his slump to a degree last night, going for 24 points on 11-20 shooting in a win against the Pelicans, but Thompson has been off to a sluggish start. Klay is averaging 17 points on 41 percent shooting through the first seven games of the season. During the Olympics, Klay said that the addition of KD wouldn’t change the way he plays and during shootaround yesterday, he was asked by ESPN if his low numbers have anything to do with the KD’s presence:
“Not at all,” Thompson said at shootaround when asked if his cold spell had anything to do with Durant. “I struggled last year for the first 20 games, and Kevin wasn’t here. So it has nothing to do with Kevin.
Through the first nine games of last season, Thompson averaged 16.8 points and he pointed to last year’s slow start as reason not to worry:
“So last year I struggled, then I went on a tear, so it’s just like any other season,” Thompson said, looking to the future. “Obviously we have different players, but I’m still getting the shots I always got before he was here, so it’s not on Kevin at all.”