Klay Thompson has built an NBA career on his catch-and-shoot brilliance. On a roster stocked with playmakers, the two-time All-Star’s ability to move without the ball is essential.
What often gets overlooked is Thompson’s knack for making stops. In a 107-95 win Tuesday night over Miami that was much closer than the final score implies, the Warriors underscored just how valuable he is to their defense.
With Thompson resting, they couldn’t force the Heat to stretch the floor. Miami attacked the rim at will for stretches and finished 32-of-59 (54.2 percent) on two-point attempts.