After the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, Klay Thompson reflected on positive growth, even with the defeat.
Thompson, who has been plagued by injuries over the past few years, has been playing more and more as the season progresses. As the Warriors prepare to take on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night, the sniper hopes his minutes and participation will continue to grow.
“It’s not fun to watch, as long as I did, watch the team play,” Thompson said. “I cherish every second out there. I’m so excited when the time comes and I’m just grateful to be fit to play basketball in December. I haven’t done this in four years.”
Health was also a major theme surrounding Jazz entering the decisive match. Utah veterans Mike Conley and Rudy Gay are aiming to return Wednesday against the Warriors or Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves after being sidelined since mid-November through injury.
Conley (knee) and Gay (hand) attended the full session on Monday.
“Every day, it gets better. Today was the first time I actually practiced exposure,” Conley said. “Last week I just switched from walking to jogging to running. I still feel it, but it’s clearly good enough to wear it down a bit and see where it goes.”
Gay said: “Better. I want to take the time to reduce inflammation. … It will be there but I just have to play through a few things.”
Jazz is looking to add a starting point guard and a key player back to the rotation. Utah won 11-6 with Conley on the roster and has struggled to hit a 3-6 record without him.
Utah has lost six of eight games, including a 116-111 defeat at home to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Jazz will be fresh after a three-day break between matches.
“There are a lot of lessons to be learned during this period,” said Conley, looking back at the weeks he missed. “Boys have to grow up in different aspects of their own game.”
Thompson will have a 28-point game on Monday. The Warriors have seen their 10-game home win streak cut short, but Thompson picked up eight 3-pointers on the sixth anniversary of his memorable 60-point run against Indiana. . He overtook Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list to 13th overall with 1,990.
“I grew up loving both of those guys, especially Dirk as a shooter and J-Kidd as a pitcher and a Bay legend,” Thompson said. “It means a lot to me. I don’t take it for granted. Two of the all-time greats right there.
Thompson scored 20 and Steph Curry scored 33 as Golden State beat Utah 129-118 in San Francisco on Nov. 25. Both players hit six 3-pointers.
The game in Utah begins a long road for the Warriors, who return home for the ABC televised competition against Boston on Saturday night before embarking on a six-game trip.
Utah ended a six-game home game Friday night against Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves after splitting the first four points.
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