Klay Thompson used a unique method to break out of his offensive slump.
The Warriors guard shot 44.4 percent from the field, knocked down four 3-pointers and averaged 13.7 points through the first three games of his team’s opening-round series against the Clippers.
So, Thompson decided to find a place to clear his head with teammate Jonas Jerebko.
“I did a couple of things,” Thompson told reporters Sunday. “I didn’t think I had bad games, but I didn’t have any big games. I told Jonas yesterday, we went to the beach, played some volleyball, I’m like, ‘I’m just going to jump in the ocean. I know that will reset my mind.’”
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Thompson’s method appears to have worked as he broke out in a big way in Game 4. He tallied 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting and connected on six of his nine 3-point attempts in Golden State’s 113-105 win over Los Angeles.
The Warriors now hold a 3-1 lead in the series.
“The ball was just finding me,” Thompson said. “I didn’t do anything special. I was just getting open and knocking down shots. Playing in a good rhythm. See a few go in and then all you need is a little space.
“Give credit to my teammates. I got a lot of good shots off of offensive rebounds and all shots within the offense. Just more volume but nothing I don’t do usually. Just try to get open.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Thompson’s performance after the victory.
“When Klay gets going like that, it fuels the whole bench,” Kerr said. “You can see everybody jumping around. Everybody gets happy. We all love when Klay gets hot. It fuels our momentum. It didn’t surprise me at all. He kind of had a quiet first few games of the series, so it was only a matter of time until he broke out.”
The Warriors will have a chance to close out the series in Game 5 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.