The Golden State Warriors fought their way to a 96-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night to keep their dream of back-to-back championships alive and potentially do their 73-win regular season record the justice it deserves.
There's little doubt that after being 3-1 down in the series, Dubs fans everywhere were biting their nails as the reigning NBA champions battled to stay in the series against a gamely Thunder unit hungry to book their place in the NBA Finals.
Klay Thompson certainly played his part by dropping a playoff record 11 threes in game six of the Western Conference war and the tie was finely posied heading into game seven at the Oracle Arena on Monday evening.
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One man that was unable to watch the action unfold was Thompson's father, Mychal. One would have thought the former two-time NBA champion, who had spells with the Portland Trail Blazers, the San Antonio Spurs and the L.A. Lakers, would be vastly experienced in games of this nature and have the ability to take them in his stride.
However, the former center and power forward opted to watch WWE Raw instead, as dealing with the nerves of watching his son proved to be too great.
Thompson made his incredible omission on his ESPN radio show, Thompson and Trudell, on Tuesday, per Dan Carson of FoxSports.com and Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group:
Ultimately, Mychal had nothing to worry about as Klay scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting (6-of-11 from three) in the Warriors' decisive win.
LeBron James has gone on to claim Thompson, along with his Splash Brother, Stephen Curry, are probably the two greatest shooters ever. Performing in the high-pressure situations is sure to make his dad proud and now Klay has the opportunity to claim his second NBA title if the Warriors can navigate their way past a Cleveland Cavaliers unit hungry for revenge after last year's defeat in the same game.
That would equal the amount of championship rings that his father managed to amass. The Thompson legacy is bound to continue growing and considering Klay isn't 27-years-old until February next year, the shooting guard is going to have plenty more chances to win titles and claim personal accolades.
The Warriors have a fantastic roster and the core of it doesn't look like it's going to split anytime soon. Under head coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors are bound to be in title contention for years to come.
Game two of the NBA finals takes place on Monday at the Oracle Arena, will Mychal have to tune into WWE Raw again or will he be able to stomach his son's second championship pursuit?