OAKLAND — Klay Thompson owns the second-worst three-point percentage in the NBA through the first six games of the season, but the Golden State Warriors guard insists that his shooting slump is unrelated to the arrival of Kevin Durant.
“I struggled last year for the first 20 games and Kevin wasn’t here,” Thompson said during the team’s shoot around before their matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans.
“It has nothing to do with Kevin. So, I mean, yeah. I feel like last year I struggled and then I went on a tear. It’s like any other season. Obviously, we’ve got different players, but I’m still getting my shots I always got before he was here. So, it’s not on Kevin at all.”
The Splash Brother/notorious self critic did admit that he needs to ease up on himself.
“[I] definitely do,” Thompson said. “I realize that everyone is human and nothing’s going to come easy. So, I can’t be hard on myself, but I think that’s why I developed into the player that I am. [I need to] just learn to relax. We’ve still got 76 games left.”
Durant thinks it’s only a matter of time before Thompson and Steph Curry, who combined to go 2-for-20 from three in the Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, start connecting from beyond the arc.
“Those two guys are the best two shooters in the world because they don’t have a conscience,” Durant said. “You know, they miss and they can get hot really quick. We’ve seen it this year with Steph against [the] Portland [Trail Blazers]. He started off slow and just got flaming hot. Klay did [it] against New Orleans last time — got hot. Did it in preseason — all preseason.
“So, you’ve got to let guys be who they are, man. They’ll figure the game out. They’ll figure out how to be effective and how to score. That’s why they’re veterans. That’s why they’re All-Stars.”