Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was

Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was

OAKLAND -- The prevailing image of Klay Thompson is that of someone on his own little planet, blissfully unaware of the real world, whose focus goes no further than shooting jump shots and playing with his dog.

That’s selling him short, however.

Though Thompson often can be a reluctant interview subject, the All-Star guard is finding his voice, which reveals a more contemplative soul than one might imagine.

Take, for example, a comment Thompson made Tuesday after the Warriors concluded practice -- and after he had concluded his interview session with assembled media -- addressing the wildfires raging through Napa and Sonoma counties.

“I just want to say one thing,” he began. “For all the families affected by these fires, it’s terrible. It puts life in perspective, what’s important. I know there have been some deaths, and it’s just really tragic.

“Us players will do something about when things calm down. But it sucks.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected, because that’s no fun. That’s just a terrible situation.”

No one would have thought twice if Thompson, still dragging from jet lag in the wake of returning from China on Sunday night, had slid out of his chair at the earliest possible moment and ambled to his car to go home and nap next to his dog, Rocco.

Indeed, Thompson’s well-earned reputation is of rushing through group interviews as quickly as possible, with the least conceivable spectacle.

But he had something he wanted to say and nobody was going to stop him. It wasn’t much, yet it was thoughtful and timely. More to the point, he was unprompted.

And these comments came two weeks after Thompson tweeted his appreciation of “all the firefighters and first responders working so hard” in battling another blaze, this one in the East Oakland hills, just above I-580.

Thompson’s worldview is expanding. Or, maybe, he’s just more willing to share what he sees and how he feels.

Warriors' veteran tag team makes sure things stayed calm in Game 3 win vs Spurs

Warriors' veteran tag team makes sure things stayed calm in Game 3 win vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO -- The Illinois Boys don’t do flash or dash. They don’t do much thrilling or spilling, either.

They do reliable.

Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston do smooth hoops. They are seasoned veterans that do what it takes to make the game easier for their teammates, and the Warriors are the beneficiaries.

Both were on their games Thursday night, providing the insulation within a 110-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their first-round series.

While Kevin Durant was leading the team and scoring and rebounding, and Draymond Green was leading in assists and blocks, and Kevon Looney was leading in steals, Iguodala and Livington were leading forces in making sure things stayed tight and together.

“It’s kind of funny how we trade off,” said Iguodala, from Springfield, Ill.

“We flip and flop,” said Livingston, from Peoria.

Iguodala played 27 minutes and made 4-of-9 shots from the field, Livingston played 20 minutes and made 4-of-9 from the field.

They combined for 26 points, 16 for Livingston and 10 for Iguodala. They combined for seven rebound and five assists. Iguodala was plus-12, Livingston plus-7.

Most important, they combined for one turnover.

On a night when the death of Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, was in the minds of all inside AT&T Center, the Warriors needed Iguodala and Livingston to be their usual steady selves.

“To have that veteran leadership in the locker room, I think it’s great,” Draymond Green said. “It was a perfect setup for a letdown . . . but we still wanted to come out and try to win the game. Having that veteran leadership to try to put that to the side, no matter what, knowing that they were going to come out on an emotional high.”

Green didn’t mention Iguodala or Livingston by name. He didn’t have to.

They are team leaders and calming influences in the locker room and on the court. And each does it quietly and without pomp.

Iguodala is 34, in his 14th season, drafted ninth overall in 2004 from the University of Arizona. Livingston is 32, in his 14th season, drafted fourth overall, out of Peoria Central High School.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, by design, wants one of them on the court at all times.

They swapped in the first quarter, Livingston for Iguodala. They swapped in the second quarter, Iguodala for Livingston. They swapped in the third, Livingston for Iguodala and again in the fourth, Iguodala for Livingston.

“We just let the game come to us,” Livingston said.

Maybe that’s why the work they do seems so smooth and almost quiet.

Kerr updates status of Durant, Livingston after ankle injuries in Game 3 win

Kerr updates status of Durant, Livingston after ankle injuries in Game 3 win

The Warriors are already dealing with Steph Curry's injury. And then they held their breath with two other players in nearly back-to-back plays in Game 3 Thursday night against the Spurs. 

Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston both left the game early after rolling their left ankle. Durant exited the game with 4:36 remaining and Livingston headed to the locker room at the 4:03 mark. 

"I think they're going to be okay," Steve Kerr said to reporters after the win in San Antonio. "Shaun's was probably a little worse than Kevin's. Both sprained ankles. I think they'll be alright." 

Going after a loose ball with Patty Mills playing tight defense, you can see Durant injure his ankle below: 

The Warriors' star forward told the following to ESPN's Chris Haynes: 

Durant led all scorers with 26 points. Livingston's 16 points were third on the Warriors Thursday and tied his season high.