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Klay Thompson is tired of talking about his shooting slump


Last season, Klay Thompson shot 44 percent from three. The season before that 41.4 percent. In his first seven seasons in the league he has never shot below 40 percent from beyond the arc, and that has helped propel him to four All-Star Games and two All-NBA selections.

This season, Thompson is shooting 33.7 percent. In his last five games, that is down to a “who is this?” 18.2 percent on 4.4 attempts per game.

On the growing list of questions about this edition of the Warriors, “what is wrong with Klay’s shot?” is right at the top of the list. And he’s tired of talking about it.

And he’s really not taking people’s advice on what’s wrong.

For the record, Reggie Miller isn’t offering any advice.

Here is more frustrated Thompson, who is tired talking about his shot.

Thompson is right, the “struggling” Warriors are in first place (after Denver’s loss Wednesday night). That doesn’t mean the questions about his shot, the team’s inconsistent defense, and more are not valid. They are.

The Warriors also are not really worried about any of it. They think they will be right come April, and few around the league question that assumption.

One reason Thompson should be worried? This shooting slump could cost him money. First, it may keep him out of the All-Star Game this season in a West that is ridiculously deep with good guards. Thompson would probably be okay with that and see it as a vacation. The bigger problem is Thompson is a free agent next summer, and if he does not make an All-NBA Team this season the Warriors cannot offer him a designated veteran supermax contract. And right now Thompson is not particularly close to an All-NBA team. What that means in practical terms: No All-NBA his starting salary is about $32.5 million, the five-year contract worth around $190 million; make an All-NBA team and the starting salary jumps to more than $37 million, and the five-year contract is well north of $220 million.

Thompson has never been driven by money the same way some players are, but that doesn’t mean he wants to leave cash on the table. That said, he can probably live on a $32 million salary. What would bother him more is his shot not coming around by the playoffs and holding the team back. That’s unlikely, but we’re more than a third of the way through the season and his shot is still off, so its something to watch.

Report: Warriors sent in tape to complain about Patrick Beverley’s defending Kevin Durant (VIDEO)


The saga of Patrick Beverley vs. Kevin Durant continues. The two have gone back and forth, and Beverley has gotten the best of a Durant, at least more than most would expect. The series is split between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers heading into Thursday night’s Game 3 matchup, and there is much at stake in L.A.

In an effort to curb Beverley’s comfortability with Durant, the Warriors sent in a tape to the NBA league office complaining about purported illegal defense by the Clippers guard. That’s according to a report from Fox Sports’ Nick Wright.

Speaking on “First Thing’s First”, Wright said the Warriors wanted the NBA to see the tape before tip for Game 3.

Via Fox Sports:

The Warriors team — the organization — sent the NBA a bunch of clips leading up to Game 3 of what they think is Patrick Beverley holding, clutching, grabbing… pushing.

For some this may be too rich coming from the Golden State organization. The team has made a living getting away with moving screens as a major part of their offense for years, and indeed on split cuts they certainly seem to grab a lot of jersey as a means to get some momentum started. Remember, this is the team with Andrew Bogut on it.

That said, teams sending tapes to the league office happens almost as often as a Kardashian is annoying. It’s a daily thing, and in the playoffs teams ramp that up. What the Warriors did is not unusual.

This kind of in-your-face play is something that happens during every single NBA game, and if you had to be defended by a NBA player you would be surprised by how much physical contact they get away with that is not called as a foul.

Are the Warriors whining or are they simply trying to get a leg up on their competition? We will have to wait until these teams go after each other again on Thursday to see how — or if — the referees officiate Beverley differently.

Nets fans post ‘missing’ posters of Ben Simmons before Game 3 (PHOTO)


Ben Simmons did not perform well in Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Philadelphia 76ers star posted a stat line of just eight points with seven rebounds, three blocks, and three steals.

More concerning was Simmons’ apparent lack of desire to shoot. He seemed to fade in the big moments of the game, and scorn came swiftly for him social media after the 76ers loss. Philly fans even booed the Sixers on the court, which angered Simmons.

But Game 3 is upon us, although Joel Embiid is not playing,  and the series has shifted back to New York. As expected, fans in Brooklyn are doing their best to troll the Sixers.

Via Twitter:

We will see how Simmons responds after all of the back and forth about booing, not to mention his whole thing with Jared Dudley. If Simmons wants to be a star, now is the time to step up for his team with Embiid out.

Joel Embiid out with left knee soreness for Game 3 vs. Nets

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be without Joel Embiid on Thursday night as they take on the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their first round series.

Embiid is battling left knee soreness and although he had a statistically-important performance as the Sixers took Game 2, it was obvious he was in some kind of reduced state of ability.

Veteran center Greg Monroe will start in Embiid’s place, but it will be hard for the Sixers to match Embiid’s production. The Cameroonian star is Philadelphia’s best player, and the 76ers are a hot and cold team.

Not having Embiid on the floor will seriously alter how they respond to the spunky Nets, who already took Game 1 from the higher-seeded Sixers.

The fact that Embiid needs to rest is also drawing some ire from folks on social media. The question is why Embiid did not rest earlier in the series — or even the end of the regular season when he was in and out of the lineup — and prepare for the coming playoff run?

However things go on Thursday, folks around the league will have their eyes glued to the injury report to see updates on Embiid’s status.

Grizzlies’ Kyle Anderson undergoes thoracic outlet decompression surgery

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Kyle Anderson was playing a solid role off the bench for the Grizzlies this season, 8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game, serving as a secondary ball handler and shot creator. Slo-mo was doing his thing.

However, by the end of January, the pain radiating from his shoulder — something he now says he had been playing through for a couple of years — got to be too much. He never played another game after Jan. 30.

Thursday he had thoracic outlet decompression surgery to relieve the problem. Anderson is expected to make a full recovery and be ready to go next training camp.

For comparison, this is the same surgery the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram had.

Anderson is on a very reasonable contract, three years and $28 million remaining. He can be part of what is going to be built in Memphis going forward, but if they are tearing down and rebuilding — meaning a summer trade of Mike Conley — he could bring back assets in a trade.

Either way, he should be healthy and ready to go next summer.