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Is it time to bring Klay Thompson off the bench?

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Is it time to bring Klay Thompson off the bench?

All right, maybe its time to say it. Is it time to thinkabout replacing Klay Thompson in the starting lineup with JarrettJack?Starting Jack would mean that Stephen Curry, coming off a 31-point,nine-assist breakout game in a win over Dallas, would slide over to shootingguard.RECAP: Warriors top Mavs in OT
The move might raise some eyebrows because the Warriors havemade no secret they believe Thompson is the shooting guard of thefuture.But Thompson is mired in an awful shooting slump (some couldargue season-long), and worse, he has made some very unsound plays late ingames recently.Over the past six games, Thompson is just 26-for-89 from thefield (29.2 percent), including 11-for-43 (25.5 percent) from 3-point range.For the season, Thompson is shooting 33 percent from the field and hasnt madehalf his shots in a game all season.Worse than Thompsons shooting has been hisdecision-making.The first time Thompson made some questionable plays downthe stretch, they led to a demoralizing double-overtime loss against Denver. OnMonday against Dallas, Thompson took a really bad shot at the wrong time, andit very well could have cost the Warriors the game.At the end of regulation against the Mavericks, Thompsontook a 3-pointers with the game tied and 20 seconds remaining on the game clock and the shot clock not a factor.Thompson missed the shot, completing his 2-for-14 shootingnight, and, fortunately for the Warriors, the Mavericks failed to score on thefinal possession in regulation.In the Warriors 107-101 double-overtime loss to the Nuggetson Nov. 10, Thompson not only missed two free throws in overtime which couldhave sealed the game, he then failed to foul Danilo Gallinari on the ensuingpossession despite being instructed to do so.RELATED: Warriors fall to Nuggets in 2OTIn the second overtime of that game, Thompson took anill-advised 3-pointer from the corner, with one-and-a-half minutes remaining,the Warriors up four, and 15 seconds on the shot clock.REWIND: Thompson talks about forgettable game
Warriors coach Mark Jackson has made point of emphasizingthat he wants Thompson to remain aggressive with his jumper and that hebelieves Thompson is playing well on the defensive end.But that wasnt the case on Monday night in Dallas, whenO.J. Mayo, whom Thompson was guarding, had all nine of the Mavericks points inovertime.Jackson has shown steadfast faith in Thompson so far thisyear, playing him 34 minutes per game and going with him most of the time incrunch time. Question is, is it time to start pulling back Thompsons minutesand bringing him off the bench?

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.

It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.

After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.

"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."

Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.

"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.

"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out,  but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.

Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

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LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.