Lyou Golden State Warriors They are one win away from conquering the NBA title and they will have one of the best on their side. cult heroes of the
NBA Finals 2022: The legend of the ‘Game Six Klay’ seeks to give a new ring to the Warriors and silence the Celtics
Lyou Golden State Warriors They are one win away from conquering the NBA title and they will have one of the best on their side. cult heroes of the league: Klay Thompson from Game 6.
The sniper has lived several of the most important moments of his career in the sixth game of the Playoff serieswhich at first seemed to be his kryptonite, because in his first five Game 6s, he only once scored more than 10 points.
Game 6 started off as a nightmare for Klay Thompson
- 7 points, 0 3-pointers vs. Nuggets in the 2013 first round
- 10 points, 2 triples vs. Spurs in the 2013 second round
- 9 points, 1 triple vs Clippers in the first round of 2014
- 20 points, 3 3-pointers vs. Grizzlies in 2015 Western finals
- 5 points, 1 3-pointer vs. Cavs in 2015 Finals
Everything changed with the sixth Game 6. The day the legend began and changed the future of the NBA.
The 73-9 Warriors lost 2-3 in the 2016 West finals to Durant and Westbrook’s Thunder. They had to travel to Oklahoma City and were down by double digits early on, but behind 41 points and 11 triples by Klay, the latter to finally take the lead, allowed them to survive the game that would change NBA history, because KD left the Thunder that summer.
In five of his next six Game 6 appearances, Klay had at least 25 points. He had 35 in 2018 against the Rockets to again avoid elimination. In 2019, with Kevin Durant injured again against Houston, he scored 27 to eliminate the Rockets of visitor.
The legend of Game Six Klay
- 41 points, 11 3-pointers vs. Thunder in 2016 West Finals
- 25 points, 3 3-pointers vs. Cavs in 2016 Finals
- 35 points, 9 3-pointers vs. Rockers in 2018 West Finals
- 9 points, 1 triple vs Clippers in the first round of 2019
- 27 points, 7 triples vs Rockets in the second round of 2019
- 30 points, 4 3-pointers vs. Raptors in 2019 Finals
- 30 points, 8 3-pointers vs. Grizzlies in 2022 second round
A Game 6 also began the most difficult stage of Klay’s career. He scored 32 points in 32 minutes in Game 6 of the 2019 Finals, they looked like they were headed back to Toronto, but cruciate ligament tore when falling badly after making a mate. Golden State couldn’t hold the lead and Thompson missed two and a half seasons because he tore his Achilles tendon in knee rehab.
He finally came back this season and he already had a Game 6, where the magic reappeared, with 30 points and 8 triples to eliminate the Grizzlies.
In total, Klay Thompson is averaging 20.7 points, 4.16 three-pointers, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 12 games in Game 6. Not bad numbers, but not exorbitant either, but since entering ‘legend mode’ in 2016, he has risen to 28.1 points, 6.14 three-pointers, 5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2 steals and 1.4 blocks in the last seven.
Game Six Klayhe will have to appear in a place that will be more than hostile towards him. The Boston fans were criticized for him after he complained about the insults they threw at Draymond Green. “Keep Classy, Boston” he said at the time. After Game 5, he added fuel to the fire: “I have never been so excited to travel to Boston.”
If his usual version shows up in Game 6, he can have the sweetest of victories, shut up the home crowd and put on the fourth ring of his career.