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Klay Thompson's 37-point quarter 'religious experience' for Steve Kerr

Klay Thompson's 37-point quarter 'religious experience' for Steve Kerr

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Klay Thompson's 37-point quarter against the Kings from 2015 tonight at 8 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Oracle Arena lost its collective mind on Jan. 23, 2015.

On that historic night, Klay Thompson scored an NBA-record 37 points in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings.

“It remains the most amazing experience I’ve had in my six years of coaching in terms of the connection between the player and the fans and what was happening on the floor," coach Steve Kerr told Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group. "I’m not kidding. I hope this doesn’t sound like hyperbole, but it was like a religious experience.

"It was so incredible to witness a player at the top of his game but also to do it in front of 20,000 fans who were just experiencing it with him and almost willing him to it, and his teammates, too. That one stands out for me above every experience I’ve ever felt as a coach and as a player.

"I’ve never, ever been a part of anything like that.” 

Those are some powerful words right there from a guy who been a part of eight NBA championship teams.

And don't ever forget that Klay didn't get his first bucket that quarter until the 9:45 mark. It makes the feat that much more impressive.

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"The biggest thing I always told people was, 'Yo. He didn't score the first couple minutes. He scored with nine something on the clock,' " ex-Warriors big man Marreese Speights told myself and Grant Liffmann. "Everybody say, 'For real?' I say, 'Yeah, yeah.' "That's how basketball (fans) are. They see certain things but they don't pay attention to the details.

"And the details are, that man scored all those points in nine minutes and 45 seconds. That's the most bizarre thing I've ever seen. The most bizarre thing I've ever witnessed in my entire life."

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Warriors coaches holding virtual 'cooking challenge,' Steve Kerr says

Warriors coaches holding virtual 'cooking challenge,' Steve Kerr says

With all NBA travel on an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, NBA coaches have been spending a lot more time at home than they normally would during March and April.

Instead of spending time on the road scouting and preparing for the NBA playoffs, they've been forced to find other ways to fill their time.

With just about all restaurants being confined to takeout or delivery, families have been staying in and cooking more frequently. In that spirit, the Warriors coaching staff is trying to stay competitive.

"Believe it or not, we have a coaches' challenge tonight," Kerr said on 95.7 The Game Thursday. "All of the coaches, either last night, tonight or tomorrow are supposed to cook the same meal. The team chef has basically challenged us, and we are all supposed to report back to him with a photo and some kind of video of a family member commenting on the dish."

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Kerr said the dish was chicken parmesan, a classic family meal.

Given Kerr's various successes as an NBA player, coach, executive and broadcaster, it's hard to imagine that his cooking skills wouldn't at least be above average.

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Why Joe Lacob mentioned Harrison Barnes when praising Andrew Wiggins

Why Joe Lacob mentioned Harrison Barnes when praising Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins was impressive in his first 12 games in a Warriors uniform.

The 25-year-old averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and just under 34 percent from 3-point range.

"Our coaching staff is very excited about Andrew and how he may fit here going forward," Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Thursday. "Very hard -- it's so hard -- to find wings right now in the NBA with good positional size and athleticism.

"He's a walking 20 points. He's gonna go out there and he's gonna get you 20 points in any game. He's capable of doing a lot more than that. But that's pretty good."

And then Lacob mentioned a former Warriors player that had to sign elsewhere once Kevin Durant decided to come to Golden State.

"When Harrison Barnes was with us -- and I loved Harrison, different kind of player a little bit -- but we would sit there and say, 'If we can just get him to get 20 points in a game it would really help,'" he said. "You know (you've got a) good chance to win a game if you got three guys scoring 20 in a game.

"And we needed that."

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Barnes averaged 10.1 points per game during Steve Kerr's first year at the helm in 2014-15, and then 11.7 points per game the following season.

Over the 2015 and 2016 NBA Playoffs combined, he scored 20 or more points only one time (Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets).

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Assuming the Warriors are fully healthy next season, it might be difficult for Wiggins to average 20 per game. It's probably more realistic to expect him to register 15 to 18 points per night, but on the best shooting percentages of his career.

Combine that with consistent defense and engagement and Golden State would be thrilled with those results.

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