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Klay Thompson just accomplished something for first time in three years

Klay Thompson just accomplished something for first time in three years

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Last Saturday, Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring with 28 points against the Lakers.

On Wednesday, Klay led the Warriors in scoring with 26 points against the Spurs.

On Friday night, Klay led the Warriors in scoring with 25 points against the Suns.

You might be saying to yourself, 'So the five-time All-Star paced Golden State in three straight games -- what's the big deal?'

Well, this is the first time Klay has accomplished that during the regular season since ...

... the 2015-16 campaign when he put together a three-game stretch of:
-- 45 points against the Mavs on Jan. 27
-- 32 points at the 76ers on Jan. 30
-- 34 points at the Knicks on Jan. 31

On Feb. 3, 2016, he dropped 24 points at the Wizards, but that wasn't enough, as Steph Curry stole the show by racking up 51 points.

On Sunday against the Heat, Klay has the opportunity to make it four in a row. But a big game might not be in the works because in his career against Miami, he is averaging 17.8 points per game (sixth-fewest against any team), and shooting 36.9 percent from deep (fourth-worst against any team)

What about during the postseason? Good question.

During the 2016 playoffs -- when Curry was sidelined because of a knee sprain -- Klay scored the most points of any Warrior in four straight games:
-- Game 4 at Houston: 23 points
-- Game 5 against Houston: 27 points
-- Game 1 against Portland: 37 points
-- Game 2 against Portland: 27 points

With Kevin Durant onboard, Klay never led Golden State in scoring during the 2017 playoffs. But last season, he did so on four occasions:
-- Game 1 against the Spurs: 27 points
-- Game 1 against the Pelicans: 27 points
-- Game 3 against the Pelicans: 26 points
-- Game 6 against the Rockets: 35 points

Aren't you glad you read all of this? Have a great rest of your weekend ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry fires back after Kevin Durant criticizes Warriors offense

Steph Curry fires back after Kevin Durant criticizes Warriors offense

Kevin Durant has sent some mixed messages about what he wants in his basketball situation.

He was the man in Oklahoma City, co-starring with Russell Westbrook in an offense heavily predicated on isolation basketball. In search of playing a more beautiful game, Durant left OKC in 2016 to join the Warriors and Steve Kerr's ball-movement offense.

After three years and unparalleled success, Durant exited the Bay to head to Brooklyn, signing with the Nets in free agency in July. The two-time NBA Finals MVP discussed his exit from the Warriors in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, and he had some critiques of the ball-movement offense. Durant believes the system is limited, and there would come a time in the playoffs where he needed to "go into his bag" to get his own shot because the opposition had figured out how to slow down Kerr's offense.

Curry, who has been almost unstoppable in the Warriors' system, had something to say about Durant's criticism.

"Well, I don't care what plays we ran," Curry told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "We won two championships. And at the end of the day, we had a lotta talent and there was an expectation of us figuring out how to balance all that. And we talked a lot about it throughout the three-year run. It wasn't always perfect, but I think in terms of, you know, the results and what we were able to do on the floor, that kinda speaks for itself. We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I'd rather have some championships, too."

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It's hard to argue with either point of view. Durant is one of the most talented scorers in NBA history, and was a seamless fit in Kerr's offense. But his isolation game almost is unguardable, so it's understandable why he would want the ball in his hands more. Really, who wouldn't want Durant to have the ball?

But as Curry said, the Warriors' results over the past five seasons speak to the success and potency of their ball-movement offense, one of the reasons the Warriors almost were able to win the 2019 NBA Finals even after Durant ruptured his Achilles. Just turn on the tape, and you can see how effective the offense is, both with and without Durant.

Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

The year 2020 is going to be different for the USA, and I'm not just talking about the upcoming presidential election.

As you're aware, every A- and B-level star elected not to play for coach Gregg Popovich and Team USA this summer (no offense, Donovan Mitchell). As a result, the Americans sputtered to a seventh-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. But don't expect the big names to take the same approach to the 2020 Olympic Games.

Steph Curry, for one, is ready to get buckets on the international stage.

"That is the plan, for sure," the Warriors star told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on if he plans to play in Tokyo next summer. "You know, obviously knock on wood, you don't want any injuries or things like that to interfere.

"Definitely wanna go," Curry said. "I've never been on the Olympic team. I've been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it."

Team USA is just as excited for Steph to join the squad.

The seventh-place finish was Team USA's worst international showing since its Bronze Medal in the disaster that was the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The Americans have won three straight gold medals since then, buoyed by teams led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and coach Mike Krzyzewski. With Curry's commitment to the 2020 games, expect other marquee names to line up behind him to lead the Red, White and Blue to another gold medal.

"We're still the best," Curry said. "If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms of, you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and the commitment's been there, and I think it'll be there next year."

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard also said he plans to play in 2020.

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With Team USA's latest redemption tour underway, Curry will be tasked with being one of the leaders in getting Team USA back to its rightful place atop the international basketball world.

That's bad news for the rest of the world.