Thompson committed Thursday to play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.
While Warriors backcourt mate Stephen Curry won't be joining him in Rio, Thompson will try to shake off the team's disappointing NBA Finals series loss by playing in his first Olympic Games this summer. He'll join a stacked group of wings that already includes Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.
Thompson tallied 25 points (9-21 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 4-7 FT), three rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block over 38 minutes during Thursday's 115-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Finals.
Coming off a Game 5 where he posted a 54.5 percent success rate from long distance, Thompson was much less effective on his attempts from beyond the arc. He still posted a third straight 20-point-plus performance however, after averaging just 12 points per contest in the first three games of the series. The 26-year-old will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in Sunday's Game 7, and his importance will exponentially increase if fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry is suspended due to having hit a fan with his mouthpiece following his ejection Thursday.
Thompson was scalding hot in Game 5, especially in the first half, but he was the only Warriors player to hit more than half his shot attempts in the loss. After averaging just 12 points per game through the first three contests of the series, Thompson has come alive the last two games. During that stretch, he's averaging 31.0 points and 5.0 three-pointers while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Thompson tallied 25 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 39 minutes during Friday's 108-97 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Much like fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry, Thompson's play went up several notches in a pivotal Game 4. The 26-year-old's 50 percent success rate from the field was his best of the series, and he equaled a series high with four three-pointers as well. Thompson remained aggressive throughout, as his seven visits to the charity stripe were the most since he registered 10 free-throw attempts in Game 5 of the conference finals versus the Thunder. He'll be looked at for another similar performance in a potentially series-clinching Game 5 on Monday.
Thompson (thigh) returned to Wednesday night's Game 3 against Cleveland after he left briefly to receive treatment. He finished with 10 points (4-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT) in 31 minutes in a 120-90 loss.
Thompson was hit in the thigh late in the first quarter by the Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov, who was called for an illegal screen. Upon his return, Thompson scored 10 points in the second quarter to help cut the Cleveland lead, which had been as high as 20 points in the first half, to 51-43 by halftime. We suspect Thompson will be good to go Friday when the two teams meet in Cleveland for Game 4.
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