Klay Thompson on guarding Luka Doncic: Play your hardest and trust your teammates

Klay Thompson on guarding Luka Doncic: Play your hardest and trust your teammates

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Klay Thompson on guarding Luka Doncic: Play your hardest and trust your teammates

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Klay Thompson fiddled with his belt. Cleared his throat. Rested his head in his right hand as he recited the question back: What is the key to guarding Luka Doncic? “Um,” the Golden State Warriors star said after a 15-second pause. “I would say playing your hardest and trusting your teammates are the two keys.”
Source: Callie Caplan @ Dallas Morning News

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
When Jason Kidd was asked who Luka Doncic reminds him of, he mentioned a few players, including LeBron James.
“Just doesn’t jump as high as LeBron.” – 7:39 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Jason Kidd says Luka is a combination of Bird, Magic and LeBron (although not athletically). – 7:38 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Steve Kerr says Jonathan Kuminga is an option to defend Luka Doncic.
“It’s definitely a possibility that JK will be on him.” – 7:23 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
“Gary’s absence is a big deal in this series,” Kerr says of Gary Payton Jr. “Because he spent a lot of time guarding Doncic.” – 7:22 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr on Gary Payton II still being out: “Gary’s absence is a big deal in this series. … He spent a lot of time guarding Doncic in the regular season. That’s one fewer option.” – 7:21 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I remember the top 75 greatest peaks series this past off-season that @JoshEberley brought about. Anthony Davis ranked 36th, Nikola Jokić ranked 36th. Luka Doncic ranked 37th.
I wonder how high Jokić and Doncic would rise with this year in mind.
sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/nb…7:03 PM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
When Luka drills a couple of 3s, and gives you that menacing look, I would hate to be the defender trying to slow him down. – 4:35 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Luka Doncic with Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell?
Thoughts? @Clutch Points @NBAMemes pic.twitter.com/ns2fx5LroW4:32 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Out of the remaining players in the playoffs, Luka Doncic is top 2 in PPG, RPG, APG, and SPG. pic.twitter.com/n5kxWquJvw3:57 PM

Donatas Urbonas @Urbodo
Fabien Causeur, a former roommate of Luka Doncic, recalls the night before 2018 EuroLeague final:
“It was 2:00 at night & I couldn’t sleep. But Luka was snoring on the side like there was no pressure at all. For him,it was just another game. The kid was special, I’m telling you” – 3:53 PM
Bill Herenda @billherenda
Joining @StanfordVoice on @KNBR at 1/2 time of #Warriors vs #Mavs tonight Steve Clifford, erstwhile #Magic coach, current #Nets consultant in depth on #LukaDoncic at 2:50 mark from last season #MFFL #NBA #NBAPlayoffs #DubNation youtu.be/lEIZLWly7_03:00 PM
Haralabos Voulgaris @haralabob
Assuming GSW goes to the same lineup they went with for G6 vs Grizz – who do we think guards who for the Mavs?
Kind of interesting to think about who Jalen and who Luka will be tasked to guard. – 2:47 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
It’s Luka’s world… we just happen to be here pic.twitter.com/7sYV6KXs2K2:46 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Three point shooting in the playoffs:
Steph Curry- 35.9%
Luka Doncic- 34.7%
Jimmy Butler- 34.8%
Volumes are clearly different, but still hilarious lol – 1:29 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Is Luka Doncic unguardable?
The Suns and the Jazz probably think so.
Experts do, too.
Analyzing how the Warriors’ defense now faces a pick-your-poison test vs. the Mavs’ star with the NBA Finals on the line: dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…11:34 AM
GeorgeZakkas @ZakkasGeorge
Vasilije #Micic: “My favorite EuroLeague player of all time was Dejan Bodiroga, Dimitris Diamantidis and I can honestly say Luka Doncic”. (via @EuroLeague) #F4GLORY pic.twitter.com/XPFyRJawTz11:22 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Over each player’s first 23 playoff games,
Luka Doncic is averaging:
* more assists than Steph Curry, Walt Frazier or Dame Lillard
* more rebounds than Giannis, Kevin Durant, or LeBron
* more 3PT’s than Ray Allen, Trae Young, Klay Thompson or Kyrie Irving
https://t.co/oTZT6yXZ82 pic.twitter.com/4FCEf8ovid9:27 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Most 40-point playoff games over the past three years:
1 .Giannis Antetokounmpo: 7
2. Luka Doncic: 6
3. Jimmy Butler: 5 – 9:22 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
From @Callie Caplan:
Is Luka Doncic unguardable? Warriors’ defense faces pick-your-poison test vs. Mavs’ star dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…9:15 AM
Donatas Urbonas @Urbodo
Pablo Laso on Luka Doncic:
“Probably the best thing that he has as a person and as a player is that he’s able to adjust to any situation. That’s something you have as a person. And Luka has it.” – 8:30 AM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Giannis, Luka and Tatum have been terrific in the 2022 Playoffs
But no one has played better than Jimmy Butler – 11:23 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
What’s the Warriors’ plan to slow down Luka Doncic? You’ll just have to wait and see.
https://t.co/lmDX3aFrTC pic.twitter.com/njmeG7xX5K8:57 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Good thing for the Kings there’s no Luka to pass on in this draft. – 8:21 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
I wrote on the Luka Doncic-Stephen Curry dynamic, which won’t just define the Western Conference finals — it could define the NBA for years to come: sfchronicle.com/sports/warrior…8:03 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Celtics in 6.
Mavs in 7.
I don’t think Miami has enough firepower and I’m firmly in the ‘this is a Luka moment’ camp.
Both Heat and Warriors win Game 1.
I think Celtics-Bucks was the NBA Finals. – 7:36 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic was so relaxed today. Almost chatty with reporters. His comfort level on the big stage certainly is evident on the court. Today it was evident off the court. – 6:56 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
“We weren’t fat shaming because when he was at his best, which we have seen in these playoffs, no one can touch him.”
TNT’s Reggie Miller says Jason Kidd thanked him for calling out Luka Doncic’s weight dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…6:51 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
From @Callie Caplan:
TNT’s Reggie Miller says Jason Kidd thanked him for calling out Luka Doncic’s weight dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…6:33 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
We already knew Draymond Green was a big Doncic fan. The feeling is mutual. pic.twitter.com/wBHfOX3q6e6:12 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After blowing out the Suns in Game 7, Luka Doncic and the Mavs will meet the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/15/mav…6:00 PM
Luka Doncic is in rare playoff company, but his supporting cast might separate him from other high-usage stars
cbssports.com/nba/news/luka-…5:52 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic: “Obviously, Klay and Steph are incredible offensive guys, but I think the key to the Warriors’ team is Draymond. He’s just unbelievable. I really respect him and everything he does.”
That includes trash talk. “That’s the fun of the game. I love that part.” – 5:51 PM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Utah basketball officially announces the signing of Luka Tarlac. A thing that may be out there but I missed when he committed: His dad Dragan was drafted by the Bulls with the 31st pick in 1995. He finally joined them in 2000 and played in 43 games as they went a spicy 15-67 – 5:45 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Luka Doncic soundbites on the Warriors today. He talked style of play, Draymond Green and the Chase Center crowd: “This a loud gym, man. I’m not lying.” pic.twitter.com/XKXaEEiGGK5:38 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
The Mavericks have arrived in SF for their first conference finals practice. Boban and Luka going 1 on 1 on the Chase Center floor. pic.twitter.com/D1d0r2FLvZ5:25 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic: “I’m living my best life right now.” pic.twitter.com/mgHc9xa1nu5:08 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Klay Thompson’s keys to defending Luka Doncic and the Mavericks are pretty simple. pic.twitter.com/8RiGdpm8UC4:34 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
“Playing your hardest and trusting your teammates,” Warriors forward Klay Thompson said on what is the keys to guarding Luke Doncic. – 4:33 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Warriors’ Kevon Looney on Luka Doncic-James Harden comparisons after guarding Harden in past series: “Luka’s able to post up pretty much anybody when he gets his shoulder on you. … The biggest difference is the size. Luka’s really strong. That kind of surprised me this year.” – 4:21 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New Mismatch with @Chris Vernon previewing the conference finals, the potential for zone defense by Miami, Bam’s importance, Celtics matchups, who defends Luka, Warriors upside, plus a little semifinals debrief and draft lottery talk. open.spotify.com/episode/7kcZuT…4:10 PM
Michael Cunningham @MCunninghamAJC
Mavs vs. Warriors in West final is proxy for Luka vs. Trae ajc.com/sports/mike-ch…3:39 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
🏀 Previewing Heat-Celtics
🏀 What’s next for the Suns?
🏀 Luka will continue to go off against the Warriors
#TheMismatch: open.spotify.com/episode/7kcZuT…3:25 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Luka-Steph. Jalen-Klay. Dinwiddie-Poole. Those are the kind of matchups that most matter, but these WCF also match the NBA’s two best media relations staffs, @Golden State Warriors PR and @Dallas Mavericks PR. Lucky reporters. – 2:45 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
Top 25 NBA Player Power Rankings updated heading into the conference finals:
10. Al Horford
9. Jordan Poole
8. Klay Thompson
7. Bam Adebayo
6. Jalen Brunson
Full top 25 from @fromal09 on @Sportscasting19: https://t.co/mgWpa49wAd pic.twitter.com/eMAk3DwFZM10:51 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Q&A with Warriors GM Bob Myers on a number of topics: leaning on Steph, Klay & Draymond while developing young talent, Jordan Poole’s growth, James Wiseman’s rehab, why the team did not get a center before trade deadline & more https://t.co/iF0hWTMTay pic.twitter.com/1HMXP6lYGl12:12 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Splash Brothers have made the exact same amount of threes this playoffs.
42 — Steph
42 — Klay
(Submitted by @klaymuse) pic.twitter.com/FXgFnQpSkx7:02 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
While Game 6 Klay handled the scoring, Kevon Looney dominated the glass against the Grizzlies with the most rebounds from a member of the Warriors in a playoff game since 1987. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/14/war…6:00 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Game 6 Klay arrived to help the Warriors advance to the Western Conference Finals by eliminating the Grizzlies, NBA Twitter exploded with reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit…10:00 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Steve Kerr on Game 6 Klay Thompson:
“I couldn’t help but feel overjoyed for Klay, given everything he’s been through, to see him knock down that final three and hold up six fingers and embrace the crowd, and vice versa. It just brought chills to me.” – 2:57 PM

More on this storyline

Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr: “I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made in the playoffs. … It took us all year to get to the point where we could play some of these lineups.” -via Twitter @Con_Chron / May 18, 2022

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