With 15.5 points on average over his first two games in two and a half years, Klay Thompson has rather managed his return under the circumstances. Especially since, and it is logical, his playing time is monitored.
One only has to look at the scoresheets against Cleveland and Memphis to guess where the line is: 19 minutes and 55 seconds against the Cavaliers, then 19 minutes and 37 seconds against the Grizzlies. It is therefore 20 minutes maximum on the floor for Stephen Curry’s friend on the back lines …
« Strict playing time is probably the biggest challenge for me », assures Klay Thompson to Mercury News. “I’m such a competitor that I want to play 35 minutes. As soon as I get back on the bench, I am frustrated, but I accept this reality: after two more years, we cannot play 40 minutes per game. «
In addition, another restriction for the triple champion: he can not yet spend more than five minutes in a row on the floor. Obviously, he plays small sequences in this way, which does not facilitate his quest for rhythm.
« We realize how five minutes goes very quickly, when we have limited playing time », notes Stephen Curry. “We accept him, where we want him to be comfortable and confident. But everything will come back only when he will be able to play without limitation of playing time and that each one will have seized his role in the various formations. «