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Warriors' Klay Thompson says mind, body '100 percent' ready for return

Warriors' Klay Thompson says mind, body '100 percent' ready for return

Klay Thompson is ready to put his game jersey on and take the floor.

How do we know for sure?

The Warriors' star shooting guard issued the following message to all of his fans in China:

"I just want to say thank you for all the support you showed me this past year. As we all know, I suffered a major injury last season and still can't believe the way it ended. But one thing that's gotten me through it is the love and support from my friends and fans all the way over in China.

"Thank you for inviting me back to China during the offseason. I'm really grateful for the Chinese massage and ancupuncture treatment I received in the traditional Chinese hospital. I can honestly say that my knee felt so much better when I returned to the states.

"Today I'm here to announce that my mind and body are 100 percent ready to get back on the court. I can't wait to play again. And I can't wait for Anta to release my special shoes on July 11 in China."

Klay -- who originally signed with Anta in 2014 -- agreed to a renegotiated deal in 2017 that runs through 2026, and could be worth as much as $80 million.

[RELATED: Klay's career rejuvenated by long layoff, Hardaway says]

The five-time All-Star has been medically cleared for a couple weeks now, and posted a video to Instagram on Monday of him working out with his bulldog, Rocco, offering moral support.

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Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

There has been an abundance of comparisons between Steph Curry and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as of late, most of which are prisoner-of-the-moment takes based in ignorance.

Yes, Lillard has been absolutely incredible during the NBA restart in leading the Trail Blazers to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

No, he has not surpassed Curry as the best point guard in the game.

That said, Lillard arguably is closing the gap. And now, he has done something that no player other than Curry has accomplished in NBA history.

Lillard ended the regular season Thursday having shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range on 10.1 3-point attempts per game, becoming just the second player in league history to post that kind of efficiency on such high volume. Curry, of course, is the other, and he has done it twice.

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In his unanimous MVP season in 2015-16, Curry shot a ridiculous 45.4 percent from long distance on 11.2 3-point attempts per game. Then, in 2018-19, he made 43.7 percent of his 11.7 3-point attempts per contest.

And he just barely missed accomplishing the feat a third time.

In 2016-17, Curry shot 41.1 percent from 3-point land, but didn't attempt enough 3s to qualify.

He literally was one attempt short.

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So, technically, Lillard will only have to do it once more to match Curry. 

That is, unless Curry reminds everyone next season why he's the greatest shooter in NBA history.

Damian Lillard, Oakland native, gets Twitter shoutout from Raiders

Damian Lillard, Oakland native, gets Twitter shoutout from Raiders

The Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night to earn a spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament.

Shortly thereafter, the Las Vegas Raiders showed Oakland native Damian Lillard some love on Twitter.

The shoutout was much deserved, as Dame averaged 51.3 points and 9.0 assists over the Blazers' final three seeding games, while shooting better than 56 percent overall and nearly 49 percent from deep (on 14.3 attempts).

Those numbers never will seem real.

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Although Lillard let it be known years back that he was not happy with the Raiders for leaving Oakland, he still roots for the Silver and Black.

[RELATED: Bill Simmons wonders if Dame is better than Steph right now]

Dame -- who went to Oakland High School his junior and senior years -- also made it clear last November he did not support the Warriors moving from Oakland to San Francisco.

The five-time NBA All-Star will be back in action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT, as the No. 8 seed Blazers face off against the No. 9 seed Memphis Grizzlies.

If the Blazers win, they advance to the first round of the playoffs to take on Los Angeles Lakers. If the Grizzlies win, then Memphis and Portland will do battle again on Sunday to determine who will play the Lakers.

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