Klay stepping up as vocal leader with other Warriors vets out

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Klay Thompson wasn't always known for being an outspoken leader on the court for the Warriors. Until now. 

With Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green all missing time due to injuries recently, Thompson stepped up to be a veteran leader for a young Warriors team. 

Thompson joined NBC Sports Bay Area's Bonta Hill, Chris Mullin and Festus Ezeli on "Warriors Postgame Live" after Golden State's 123-105 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday at Chase Center, where he discussed his position as an elder statesman on the team.

"It's been a challenge for myself to be a leader," Thompson said. "I'm not the most vocal person. But now I'm in my 12th season and I realize these guys really respect my voice. Even if it's just being encouraging.

"Just using my voice, directing guys where to go. Come set a screen here. Flash here."

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Thompson scored 23 points on 8-of-21 shooting from the field and 3 of 7 from 3-point range along with eight rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of action against the Blazers. 

It wasn't a great shooting night for Thompson, but his impact as a leader likely played a significant role in the Warriors erasing a 23-point second-quarter deficit and securing their third straight win. 

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