Stephen A. Smith calls out Klay Thompson of the Warriors

Stephen A. called. ESPN’s Smith of Golden State Warriors guard Clay Thompson Saturday during a midday countdown segment in the NBA, talking his way through with a shot that essentially amounts to “Klay was bad.”

“If Klay Thompson doesn’t show up, it doesn’t help the Golden State Warriors,” Smith said. ‚ÄúThink about this, Jordan Paul and Steph Curry are averaging 25.5 points per game. Klay Thompson at 13.5 points. Klay Thompson shoots 29 percent from the field and 22 percent from three point range. This is one of the greatest bowlers in basketball history, champion Three times he can’t find the basketball. I don’t know what the hell is going on but it needs fixing.”

It’s actually the second time Smith has called up this week – he also had some slightly encouraging words about Wednesday’s 5-time NBA All-Star on Twitter.

“Needs a reminder: You are a 3X Champion. One of the greatest players ever. Just play your game. You’ll put 25 to sleep. Stop stressing,” Smith wrote on Twitter.

And while Smith, an elitist human taking a machine, usually yells his way to getting the media to write a story Exactly like this who – which Can Convincing fans to set the NBA countdown to ESPN, Smith might have a point here.

Since the fourth game in the amazing Nuggets series, Thompson has struggled seriously.

He was 5 for 13 from the field and 1 for 6 from behind the three point line in a closing match against Nuggets, good for 15 points. He put another 15 in game 1 against the Grizzlies (6 for 19 from the field, 3 for 10 of the three), and lost only 12 on May 3 in a 5 for 19 shootout, including a tough match. – Watch 2 vs 12 from a distance.

NBA Countdown analyst/former NBA player Jalen Rose (another Take Palace king) cited Thompson’s defense as another major issue in the series.

“Defensively after dealing with those injuries for the past two years, his wheels haven’t been the same defensively,” Rose said. “Now he is not able to attack because they make him work in that side.”

Thompson hit his knee in Sunday’s first game win, earning him a potentially surprising mark in Game 2’s injury report, but coach Steve Kerr said that had nothing to do with his struggles.

“No, there is no concern about that,” Kerr told reporters on Friday. “There’s a reason we slowly increased him in January, and a reason we didn’t play in a game in a row. We wanted to make sure we took our time with him. Our coaching staff is feeling great about the place Clay. I think shooting, for me, isn’t about fatigue. I think everyone feels great about it. satisfied with Clay’s place.”

Thompson has only 3 rebounds in the entire series, has yet to take a free throw in 2 attempts and has the third worst defensive efficiency on the team behind Jordan Paul and Gary Payton II (who spent the bulk of Game 1 on Ja Morant, who is averaging 40 points per game this Series).

The Warriors, who split Games 1 and 2 in Memphis, will look to take the lead on Saturday in San Francisco when they host the Grizzlies at Chase Center at 5:30 p.m.

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