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Thompson holds pose after Pachulia doesn’t pass him the ball


After tweaking right ankle for the second time in less than a week Thursday night, the Warriors traveled to Portland for the second half of a back-to-back without their two-time MVP. That means Golden State is without a sizable part of the offense – 26.3 points per game on average this season.

Most of the pressure to pick up the slack falls on two warriors, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Durant had an extremely productive first half in Rip City. He had 22 points on 11 shots, and got going by repeatedly knocking down mid-rangers. Klay Thompson had a harder time getting going. He started the game 1-for-5, and at one point was visibly frustrated, barking at an official after not getting a call.

This also happened.

At the beginning of the second quarter Zaza Pachulia called his own number from the elbow, clanking a miss off the rim. The rebound came back to the center who called his own number again, driving to the bucket to take a tough shot in the paint. Only problem was he completely passed up a wide-open Klay Thompson for a corner 3-pointer.

Thompson had his hands out expecting the pass, and stood like that long after Zaza Pachulia threw up his wild lay-up. Guess he really wanted that open shot.

He might still be standing there on the court for all we know.

 

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