Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:34 pm
I'm between you gentlemen on the Thompson issue.
I dunno if we bench him for JJ just yet, Ringo... But it goes back to the old saying about who finishes the game, not who starts. To my mind, Thompson is in a major, MAJOR funk. It's not simply that his shot isn't falling; he's taking bad j's and he's forcing too many shots. That ridiculous brain fart at the end of the 4th, where he hoisted a 3 in a tie game with 20 seconds left and the shot-clock off, amidst a 2-for-13 game... That's such a euphemism for his season thus far. Best intentions, but just digging his own grave so far.
I'm not as confident as Blackfoot to just leave him in there and say everything will be fine. This isn't like other starters who contribute in other ways; when Curry is off, he can still distribute. When Lee's cold, he'll still rebound. But when Thompson's shot doesn't fall... Well, he's pretty much dead weight on the floor. Ask OJ Mayo if Klay Thompson has anything special to his game besides a jumper. Klay's (lack of) defense on Mayo gave Dallas way more chances to win than they should have gotten.
I say, start him... But throttle his minutes down to 20ish, slide Barnes down, give Jack or Jenkins a little more run, and try to keep Klay below 10 attempts until he starts hitting with consistency.
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