Klay Thompson: 'I worked harder this summer because...'


Klay Thompson: 'I worked harder this summer because...'

Last season, Klay Thompson was an All-Star for the third straight year.

He had a fantastic season.

And after capturing his second title in three years, he didn't rest on his laurels this summer.

"I worked harder this summer because I know how many more teams are gunning for that title," Thompson said at Media Day last Friday. "Everyone wants to see the Warriors lose now. Which is fine. It's a great position to be in when you're probably the most hated team in the league ... we embrace it...

"These teams aren't just sitting back and waiting for something to happen. They're being active out there in the market, and you gotta respect that ... it's crazy -- the West just got stronger. But it will be fun.

"Like I said, teams aren't waiting for something to happen. They're not waiting to get lucky. They're doing something about it and we take notice. And that keeps us on the edge and it doesn't allow us to rest one bit."

The 27-year old averaged 22.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last year, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from deep and 85.3 percent from the free throw line.

"I can always be more efficient," Thompson said. "I know Steph and KD have hit the 50-40-90 mark so I'd like to join that club with them. That would be sweet."

In 2015-16, Steph Curry shot 50.4 percent overall, 45.4 percent from 3-point territory and 90.8 percent from the charity stripe.

In 2012-13, Kevin Durant shot 51 percent overall, 41.6 percent from 3-point territory and 90.5 percent from the charity stripe.

After practice on Monday, Thompson was asked about working on his off-the-dribble shot.

"I'm just trying to tighten my handle as much as I can. Play within tight spaces, because my catch-and-shoot ability will always be there," Thompson told reporters. "Trying to tighten up other parts of my game."

Thompson made over 43.3 percent (244-for-563) of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers last year, compared to just 28.9 percent (24-for-83) of his pull-up treys.

The year prior, his splits were 44 percent (237-for-539) on catch-and-shoot 3s and 35.8 percent (38-for-106) on pull-up 3s.

In 2014-15: 46.5 percent (174-for-374) on catch-and-shoot and 39.9 percent (61-for-153) on pull-up.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Curry aiming to return to lineup on Friday


Report: Curry aiming to return to lineup on Friday

After playing without any of their All-Stars during much of Monday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry is reportedly aiming to return to the Warriors' lineup on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Curry will try to play on Friday, barring any setbacks when his right ankle is reevaluated on Tuesday, ESPN reported late Monday evening, citing league sources. The two-time MVP has not played since spraining that ankle on Mar. 9 against the Spurs. 

In six games without Curry, the Warriors are just 2-4. Fellow All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have missed three and four of those games, respectively, while Draymond Green left Monday night's loss with a pelvic contusion and did not return. 

This season, Curry is averaging 26.3 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. 

Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.