Klay Thompson’s return to the court was as expected after 941 days on the sidelines.
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Thompson finished with 17 points in 20 minutes of action in front of the Warriors faithful, putting on a show on what is affectionately known as ‘Klay Day’.
“I thought it was going to be one of those nights after that float I had, I kept shooting … I was nervous to start,” he said after the game. “I’m just thankful to be here and the love I received before the game and the video tributes. It was special. It’s a night I’ll never forget and it lived up to all the hype.”
“I am so thankful for our fan base, it’s amazing.”
The Chase Center crowd was excited when he introduced himself to the five-time All-Star before the game and they maintained the same energy when he made his first basket … and frankly throughout the game.
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From silky jump shots to crisp off-the-ball movement, Thompson looked a lot like the player we all remember, and despite his impressive comeback, he says he still has work to do.
“I still like 4-5 shots that I should have made, but I’m happy to be here and I can say that.”
“The last two years were tough and it felt great to get the first one out of the way, obviously the win is the most important thing, and it was an emotional night. I didn’t know I was going to sink someone in the first game, that felt good as well. hooray for me, “he said jokingly.
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The home crowd was frantic when Thompson dropped the hammer on two Cavs defenders in the second quarter. Not bad for a player coming off ACL and Achilles injuries.
“I was amazed at his poise and confidence after being away for so long,” head coach Steve Kerr said after the game.
With the other half of the Splash Brothers now back in the mix, the Warriors’ championship hopes look even stronger as they advance to the top of the Western Conference standings at 30-9, tied with the Phoenix. Suns.