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Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Warriors' new weapon

By J.A. Adande



One of the Golden State Warriors’ most effective moves during the course of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers has been posting up Klay Thompson against the Clippers guards. Thompson has been able to get to the basket or shoot a short-turnaround jumper over his smaller defenders.

Thompson said it’s something that he added to his repertoire in the middle of last season, and he worked on it even more last summer.

Why not utilize it more? Because it’s risky to stray too far from the normal flow of an offense, no matter how successful a breakout play can be. And the Warriors offense is at its best with the ball in Stephen Curry’s hands and the other players playing off the defense’s attention to him, not standing around watching one player work his matchup.

“It’s something that we don’t want to overkill,” Thompson said at Warriors’ shootaround Thursday morning. “But if it’s working and I feel like I have a mismatch, I’m going to go to it. I try to go with it within the flow of the offense. If they send a double or something we’ve got easy looks at the rim on that.

“I’ve got a lot of good looks. I’ve been successful in that area in this series. If it’s in the flow of the offense, I’m up for it. But if it’s something that we’re going to have to [isolate] and keep force-feeding me, I don’t think it works as well for us.”