Thompson managed 11 points (4-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 34 minutes during Monday's 129-120 win over the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry combined for 73 points on 44 shot attempts -- and Andre Iguodala provided 20 points off the bench -- so there wasn't a whole lot placed on Thompson. He primarily played a complementary role for the second straight game, and he shot under 40 percent in each of the last two contests of the series while averaging a modest 12.5 points. The 27-year-old had some particularly poor shooting efforts in the playoffs and finished the postseason with a 39.7 percent success rate from the floor. However, Thompson actually saw a slight uptick in his scoring average (22.1 to 22.3) in the regular season over the year prior, despite the arrival of Kevin Durant. Under contract through the 2018-19 campaign, he'll once again serve as an important component of Golden State's high-octane attack next season.
Thompson tallied 30 points (11-18 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, and two assists in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 118-113 win over the Cavaliers in Game 3.
Thompson has now scored 20 points or more in consecutive games for the first time this postseason. Considering that he had gone a combined 19-of-65 in the series against the Spurs and Game 1 versus the Cavaliers, it has been a pleasant surprise to see Thompson sink 19-of-30 shot attempts over the last two tilts. Furthermore, Thompson has put up more points in the last two games (52) than he had in those five previous contests combined (50).
Thompson posted six points (3-16 FG, 0-5 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and one steal over 36 minutes during Thursday's 113-91 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA finals.
While teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry combined for 66 points on 25-of-48 shooting, Thompson could barely find the net, turning in his third sub-20 percent effort from the field over the last seven postseason tilts. The All-Star guard has always been somewhat of a streaky shooter, but his lows during this season's playoffs have been somewhat alarming. Factoring in Thursday's tally, Thompson is shooting just 38.8 percent over 13 postseason contests, and he's drained just one of his last 10 three-point attempts dating back to Game 4 versus the Spurs in the conference finals. He'll look to bounce back in Game 2 on Sunday night.
Thompson contributed 10 points (3-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes during a 129-115 win over the Spurs on Monday.
After one of his best performances of these playoffs in the Game 3 win, Thompson struggled in the series-clinching victory on Monday. After an extremely strong regular season, he has strangely struggled in the playoffs, as he's shot 40 percent from the field or worse in seven of the team's 12 playoffs games. His consistency will be something to monitor during the Finals.
Thompson poured in 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and added six rebounds, six assists and two steals over 36 minutes during Thursday's 115-104 win over the Jazz in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Thompson continues to be efficient with the shots he does take, but with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green excelling, he's been ideally suited as a complementary presence. The sixth-year guard's 24-point effort in Game 3 of the first-round series against the Blazers serves as his best scoring total through six postseason games, with Thompson scoring between 14 and 18 points in the other five contests. He's picked it up in terms of accuracy over the last three games, however, as the 27-year-old has managed success rates of 46.2 percent in each of those contests after not clearing 40 percent int he first three games of the first round.
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