With 15.5 points on average over his first two matches in two and a half years, Klay Thompson has been quite successful in his comeback given the circumstances. Especially since, and this is logical, his playing time is monitored.
Just look at the game sheets against Cleveland and Memphis to guess where the limit is: 19 minutes and 55 seconds against the Cavaliers, then 19 minutes and 37 seconds against the Grizzlies. It is therefore 20 minutes maximum on the floor for the friend of Stephen Curry on the back lines…
“Strict playing time is probably the biggest challenge for me”, assures Klay Thompson at Mercury News. “I’m such a competitor that I want to play 35 minutes. As soon as I come back on the bench, I’m frustrated, but I accept this reality: after more than two years, we can’t play 40 minutes per game. »
In addition, another restriction for the triple champion: he cannot yet spend more than five minutes in a row on the floor. Inevitably, he thus plays small sequences, which does not facilitate his quest for rhythm.
“We realize how quickly five minutes goes when we have limited playing time”, notes Stephen Curry. “We accept him, we want him to be comfortable and confident. But everything will come back only when he can play without limitation of playing time and everyone has grasped his role in the different formations. »