Golden State Warrior guard Klay Thompson is once again throwing up fours, but it’s not because of an And 1 on a three-point shot. It’s the number of years over which he will paid $70 million after inking a new extension.
Thompson averaged 18 points last season and increased his stock during his Team USA run. After not including him in a deal for Kevin Love and turning down other offers, the Warriors met the midnight deadline to retain the 24-year-old young gun.
Hard Way To Avoid 4
It won’t be easy to avoid an 0-4 start playing the high octane offensive Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back in Oakland.
Stephen Curry has been a problem thus far in his career for the Lakers. Jeremy Lin must make Curry work on the defensive end and not lot his night simply be about sinking 30+-foot daggers against porous defense. Kobe Bryant had to deal with James Harden on opening night and now must contend with the other premiere shooting guard in the league. Bryant takes these types of battles personally, and the son of former Laker Mychal Thompson has about 70 million new reason to prove he’s on his level. Look for Bryant and Thompson to have some one-on-one moments along the way.
Hill Up For Battle?
Jordan Hill can go along way to changing the complexity of this Lakers team by replicating his 23 point performance he had the night before against the Los Angeles Clippers. Andrew Bogut is currently healthy and stays active on the defense end. Jordan’s mid-range game could draw him away from the basket and give Lin and Bryant more space to operate.
The Warriors are certain to score at will on a Lakers team that’s giving up 115 points a game so far, second-worst in the league. The Lakers must not let the ‘Splash Brothers’ make the game a shooting-range contest between the two, complete with cool handshakes and signals, but make them work on the defensive end.