Klay Thompson, a seasoned veteran, appeared in 69 contests throughout the 2022-23 NBA season, yet the Warriors’ Game 5 triumph on the road in Sacramento stands out as a shining achievement for the three-time NBA champion. Speaking with the press corps following Golden State’s 123-116 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. The 33-year-old revealed what drove the Warriors to secure the win and a 3-2 series lead.
Thompson stated, “Undoubtedly, being whole again has been advantageous.” “When we recognize the significance of the stakes, we act as competitors, we perform at the highest level. And we realize how formidable it is to win in this arena. It necessitated a different degree of concentration than before, and I believe it was the best win of the year.”
Wednesday evening’s win was arguably the most outstanding performance by the Warriors’ three key players in a long time. Steph Curry led all scorers with 31 points, while Thompson and Draymond Green contributed 25 and 21 points, respectively. But more importantly, the Warriors managed to keep De’Aaron Fox, the Kings All-Star and the NBA’s Clutch Player of the Year Award’s first winner, scoreless in the fourth quarter.
However, Thompson was quick to shift his focus to Game 6 on Friday and not dwell on Wednesday’s victory. “When the clock strikes midnight, it’s a new day. We need to forget about it because we don’t want to come back. We want to give our supporters a fantastic show at home and, hopefully, finish the series there,” said the four-time champion.
With Klay Thompson and Curry both acknowledging how the Warriors overcame their road struggles this season. It’s plausible that Golden State’s Game 5 victory was the turning point that unlocked the team’s potential. Warriors fans are hopeful that the team can leverage what they’ve learned from their best win of the season and use it to clinch the series at Chase Center on Friday.