Klay Thompson concurs – at least when it comes to himself.
Thompson, via Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
“I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us,” Thompson told The Vertical. “We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play.
Thompson has repeatedly stated a willingness to defer, and I think that’s sincere. As long as the Warriors keep winning – and they should keep winning – he can find fulfillment without posting big individual numbers. I’m not (too) concerned about Thompson’s ego.
But Thompson is destined to get even fewer touches now. What if that makes it more difficult for him to get into a rhythm? If he’s less comfortable, that could be a problem.
Durant, via Charania:
“We want Klay to stay Klay,” Durant told The Vertical. “We don’t want him to change. The games dictate where the shots come from. I may shoot 12 shots one night; Klay may shoot eight or nine shots one night, and Steph may shoot 25 shots one night. And it could be a different flow another night.”
At least everyone is saying the right things now. That’ll help set a tone for inevitable rough patches.
Plus, winning cures nearly all ills. Even if the Warriors don’t mesh seamlessly, they’re so talented, they could still win plenty as they work out the kinks. That gives them a big advantage over other teams with similar potential sacrifice issues, like the Magic.