Monday NBA Roundup: Klay Thompson Reminds the League He’s No 3rd Wheel

December 5th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

It's not quite true that future opponents of the Golden State Warriors will look at Klay Thompson's 60-point eruption and say to themselves, "Well, you've just got to live with that."

But it's close.

And that—the wholly inequitable state of affairs in which foes lack the resources to prevent the Warriors' third option from exploding—might be the scariest aspect of Thompson's 60-point night during a 142-106 victory against the Indiana Pacers.

It's absolutely true that the Pacers were gassed while playing the second night of a back-to-back set. This is effectively a death sentence against the Warriors, who were rested and ready. It's also true that the Pacers just aren't very good, particularly on defense.

Those factors had plenty to do with Thompson going off.

But so did the presence of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who, by league-wide consensus, command attention ahead of Thompson. Curry always has the ball, and we learned last year that sending any fewer than two defenders to stop him is a mistake. Unanimous MVPs demand the full focus of a defense.

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