The team needed their superstar guard in Game 6 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
If Thompson played his heart out, the series would be over and the Warriors would move onto the Western Conference Finals for the first time in a few years.
However, if Thompson played inconsistently and didn’t have a stellar night, Game 7 would be needed.
In the end, Thompson came to life on Friday and put an end to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Klay Thompson has averaged 28.1 PPG in Game 6s since 2015-2016
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Thompson put up 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists on Friday, leading his team in points and helping them secure their spot in the next round.
This performance cemented Thompson as one of the best Game 6 players in the league.
Thompson has now averaged 28.1 points per game in Game 6s since the 2015-2016 season.
When his team needs him most, Thompson steps up.
What does he have in store for the Western Conference Finals?
Thompson On Top
Taking down the Grizzlies was no small feat for the Warriors.
The young Memphis team proved they really do have a lot of fight in them and are one of the best, most exciting squads in the league.
But in the end, Golden State stepped it up, came together, and performed like the well-oiled machine they are.
However, their next challenge will be even more difficult.
They will face off against the winner of the Dallas Mavericks-Phoenix Suns series, which concludes Sunday night.
The Grizzlies were tough but the Mavericks or Suns promise to be even tougher.
That means that the sort of Thompson that came out in Game 6 will have to be front-and-center for every game moving forward.
If the Warriors want to make the Finals again, they’ll need top-tier Thompson.