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Klay Thompson or Kyrie Irving for All-NBA? Stephen A. Smith makes his pick

Klay Thompson or Kyrie Irving for All-NBA? Stephen A. Smith makes his pick

Klay Thompson was understandably upset when he initially learned he wasn't voted to any of the three All-NBA teams.

The Warriors shooting guard lost out on $30 million, as he's now not eligible to receive a super-max extension from Golden State. What truly irked him, though, is the fact that he doesn't believe there are six better guards than him in the NBA. 

"Do I think there's that many guards better than me in the league? No," Thompson said Thursday to reporters. "That's the reason why we are still playing, so I don't even want to get into it."

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is in agreement with Klay. If given a vote, Smith would have placed Thompson ahead of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on the third team. The TV personality went even further than that on Friday. 

"I'd have put him on the second team before I put Kyrie Irving there," he said on the Stephen A. Smith Show. "I'm really getting sick and tired of how Klay Thompson is not appreciated." 

Thompson received three All-NBA Second Team votes and 18 for the third team. He averaged 21.5 points per game while often guarding the opposing team's top scorer. 

"Have you ever seen this man Klay Thompson shoot the basketball?" Smith said. "Do you not recognize that he's one of the top shooters in the history of basketball?" 

[RELATED: Why Klay All-NBA snub is fair, even though it seems unfair]

All-NBA team or no All-NBA team, Klay had the perfect rebuttal to the news. "I'd rather win a championship than be All-NBA."

Among the All-NBA guards, only Irving and Warriors teammate Steph Curry can say they have a title next to their name.

Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Steph Curry has made Steve Kerr look very smart many times, and the Warriors coach likely is hoping the star point guard does so again in reference to one of Kerr's recent proclamations.

On Sunday, Kerr told reporters after practice that he believed Curry was, "at his peak physically, mentally." A day later, Curry insisted he hoped to prove Kerr correct.

"Didn’t he say that last year, too? Two years ago?” Curry responded when told of Kerr's opinion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau. “So, I’m still sustaining this level, right? I don’t know what kind of time limit he’s putting on me. I like that.

"He said that two years ago, and I tried to prove him right," Curry continued. "Then he’ll say that two years from now, and I’ll try to prove him right again."

Kerr previously said Curry was at his peak just prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, which concluded with the second of consecutive championships. Of course, that Warriors team was arguably one of the most talented in league history, and much of that talent has since departed Golden State.

[RELATED: Kerr pokes fun at Warriors' lack of rebounding in preseason]

With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson expected out until at least the All-Star break, Curry will have to take on a greater offensive role than he played the last time Kerr thought he was at his peak. If he can provide what the Warriors will need, he can prove Kerr's original proclamation false, and his most recent one correct.

Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game online

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Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game online

After a brief one-game hiatus, the Warriors and Lakers will start a three-game series to close out the preseason Monday night at Staples Center.

The Dubs and Lakers will play Monday, Wednesday and Friday to finish the exhibition season before the games start to count next week.

Monday's game won't have the star power the first meeting at Chase Center did, as both Anthony Davis and LeBron James will not play for the Lakers, while Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell will be no-gos for the Dubs.

Steph Curry will suit up Monday but will rest Wednesday.

Kevon Looney, who has been out with hamstring injury, also is not expected to play Monday.

[RELATED: Kerr makes savage joke about Warriors' rebounding woes]

Here's how to watch the preseason opener online and on TV:

When: Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBA TV
Live Stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial!