Klay Thompson/Photo courtesy of Golden State Warriors, NBA.com
The Clippers will play at Golden State on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The Warriors are off to a 3-0 start, and statistically are leading the league in several individual and team categories.
– Shooting guard Klay Thompson is leading the league in scoring, averaging 29.7 points
– Point guard Steph Curry is leading the league in steals at 3.6 per game
– The Warriors have the best point differential in the league at plus-15.4
– The Warriors have allowed opponents to shoot just 39.5 percent from the field, lowest in the league
– The Warriors are averaging a league-high 11 steals
– The Warriors are forcing opponents into a league-high 22.3 turnovers per game
With all the hoopla about the 3-point shooting prowess of Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, they have not been up to par in that department in the first three games of their Western Conference playoff series against the Clippers.
Curry made a league-high 261 3-pointers during the regular season and shot 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. Thompson made 223 3-pointers and shot 41.7 percent.
In three playoff games, Thompson (7 of 20) has made 35 percent and Curry has shot only 28.6 percent (6 of 21).
Furthermore, the team as a whole is shooting 27.3 percent from 3-point range compared to 38 percent during the season.
The Warriors connected on only 6 of 31 3-pointers in Thursday’s 98-96 loss to the Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland that gave the Clippers a 2-1 series lead. The biggest miss was Curry’s at the end.
Thompson believes that will all change Sunday when the teams square off in Game 4 at Oracle Arena.
“I would say a bad shooting night,” Thompson said, when asked to what he attributed Thursday’s 6-for-31 team performance. “I had some great wide-open looks from the corners. When I see Stephen release them, I think that’s a layup, and we just barely missed them. But great shots, we got good shots. Six-for-31 for (3s) is uncharacteristic for us. We probably hit half on Sunday.”
The Clippers, by the way, are beating the Warriors at their own game. They shot 35.2 percent from 3-point range during the regular season. They are shooting 40 percent in the the playoff series.
Like just about everyone either playing in this series, coaching it or reporting on it, Clippers guard J.J. Redick is of the same mind – the Clippers must find a way to at least slow down the Golden State Warriors’ incredible shooting duo of guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Curry and Thompson ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the league in made 3-pointers during the regular season with 261 and 223, respectively. And they shoot them at a high percentage – Curry at 42.4 percent, Thompson at 41.7.
“Klay obviously presents a lot of challenges, so does Steph,” Redick said. “We have to be really good individually and with our team defense.”
Game One is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.