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Klay Thompson won't panic about his poor shooting but the Warriors may have to

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In the Golden State Warriors' last outing they were routed 117-97 by the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. 

The loss itself was bad enough for the Dubs but there were bigger concerns for them in L.A. as the shooting struggles of The Splash Brothers continued. 

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been far from "Splash" so far this season, with the latter finding it particularly difficult.  

Curry's streak of 157 consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer came to an end against the Lakers after he went 0-of-10 from beyond the arc.  

Though the two-time MVP has been uncharacteristically poor from deep, he has found other ways to score and is still averaging 23.2 points, six assists and three rebounds. 

The Warriors' biggest concern certainly lies with Thompson and his surprisingly poor form on the floor.

Against the Lakers, he shot 4-of-18 from the field and 2-of-10 from downtown for just 10 points on the night. The two-time All-Star is currently shooting 20 percent on threes considered open or wide open. 

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

By Klay's ridiculously high standards, those numbers are extremely bad considering he was 44.2 percent from those last season. 

Last year, Thompson averaged 22.1 points on 47 percent shooting and 42.5 percent from three. He was deadly from range and even beat Curry in the 2016 three-point shootout at the All-Star weekend.

Yet he has looked a shadow of that shooter so far in this campaign. Through Golden State's first six games, he is averaging 15.8 points on 38.4 percent shooting and a disappointing 19.6 percent from three.

The 26-year-old's three-point shooting is so poor that the only other player shooting worse than him is the Sixers' Robert Covington at 19 percent.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

Some will inevitably point to the arrival of Kevin Durant as having an effect on Thompson but that would be a lazy argument as he is 9-for-46 from three which suggests he is getting enough shots up but just failing to convert.

It should be a cause for concern for Warriors fans and the coaching staff as they must be wondering just what is going wrong for the usually lethal shooter.

According to Klay himself, it's not a big issue and he certainly isn't worried by it.

Per ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss, he said: "Not making shots. I'm not going to panic, playing like crap. It's November so I'm not going to panic. I had a bad start last year, too. That's all I got for you." 

Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

The shooting guard is certainly right, it's way too early in the season to be hitting the panic button. Every shooter goes through a slump at some stage and he will definitely come out of it sooner rather than later. 

As he also mentioned, he didn't shoot the ball well to start the 2015/16 campaign either. In Golden State's first three games last year, he shot 25 percent from three. That quickly improved in the month of November to 43.3 percent.

With the addition of Durant and the loss of several players to accommodate that deal, the Oakland-based outfit is still in a mini transition phase and it will take more than six games to figure everything out.  

But it would be silly not to look at how Durant may have affected Thompson's game and mentality as he is essentially the third option on the team now and is getting fewer touches of the ball. 

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Four

The mental aspect could be weighing on the All-Star guard as he is under more pressure to make shots now as he may have to wait for several possessions until the next one.

But his shooting dip can also be traced back to the finals and the Olympics where his shots were not falling with the regularity that we've become accustomed to.

In his own words when KD arrived, Thompson said: “I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us. We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play."

It doesn't look like he's having much fun on the court at the moment and it's clear that he's already had to make a sacrifice in order to integrate Durant. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

There's no doubt that Klay will get hot eventually and will go on a tear like he normally does, but it will be interesting to see if he can find consistency in his slightly altered role and contribute effectively to help the Bay Area franchise win another championship. 

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Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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