A player of Stephen Curry's class can cast a pretty big shadow, but his backcourt partner and one-half of the 'Splash Bros', Klay Thompson, continues to prove his worth as a key member of the history seeking Golden State Warriors.
Although much of the focus often falls on Curry and the enigmatic Draymond Green, the talented shooting guard is dropping an average of 22.5 points and grabbing 3.8 boards a night this term, both of which are career highs.
The fact that he can produce those numbers whilst competing alongside the aforementioned pair - two of the absolute best in those fields in the league - says something about the quality Thompson possesses.
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While this year's NBA Three-Point Contest champion might not be trying to steal the limelight, he is driven to make history with the Warriors.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Thompson detailed the importance of finishing the job now that they are within touching distance of the Chicago Bulls regular season record of 72-10 set back in 1995-96.
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“We realise we can make history and that helps because it keeps you focused every game,” Thompson said. “You don’t want to lose and get this far and not go for it.
"We have a young youthful team and a great mix of vets that know how to pace themselves. We put a lot on the young guys’ shoulders and go out there and perform every night and that’s great. We are 26 and younger so we can do it right now and give our vets a rest.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has often indicated he would prefer his troops were fresh for the postseason in order to maximise their chances at hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy for the second year in a row.
However, now that the Warriors have got themselves into this historic position with a record of 68-7, Kerr is prepared to listen to hunger and ambition in his team.
“Our team wants it,” Kerr said. “They’ve made it pretty clear, so what we’re doing is listening to them and trusting them that if they’re injured, they’re going to let us know. And if that’s the case, we’ll give them a rest. And if they feel like they’re perfectly capable of getting out there and playing and that’s what they want to do, then that’s what we’ll do.”
Power forward Green, who is only second to Russell Westbrook in triple-doubles this season, has never pretended he wasn't thinking about the record and has reaffirmed as much to the Associated Press.
“It is something we want to do,” Green said. “We’ve spoken on this. It is no secret.”
The end is in sight for the era-defining Warriors, but they do still have two encounters with a San Antonio Spurs side that have gone 63-12 themselves this season.
Much speculation has surfaced around what kind of sides the two top seeds in the West will put out in their remaining battles with their postseason berths already secured. It looks like the Warriors' comments have answered the question on their end.