The Golden State Warriors haven’t been at their best this season.
The reigning NBA champions have had their fair share of ups and downs, miscues, and late-game issues.
Those were on full display again on Sunday night when they couldn’t close the game out at home vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
A miscommunication and poorly executed play by Jordan Poole led to a turnover that wound up sealing the home loss for Steve Kerr’s team, which once again led to some criticism of his play.
That’s why Klay Thompson wanted to let it be known that his confidence in Poole remains unwavering, reminding the world that he played a huge role in their last championship run:
“That right there,” Thompson said while pointing at the Warriors’ 2022 NBA championship logo. “That’s all. He was a huge part of that. People tend to forget that. That right there.”
Klay Thompson asked about his confidence level in Jordan Poole: “That right there.” He points at the ‘champions’ logo. “He was a huge part of that. People tend to forget.” pic.twitter.com/uR4RFZcoux
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 27, 2023
Thompson has had Poole’s back over and over throughout the course of the season, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Poole entered the game averaging 3.1 turnovers per game, second to Stephen Curry’s 3.3.
He did lead the team with 27 points off the bench, but his late-game execution cost the team a must-win game vs. a direct rival for postseason seeding.
Even so, the Dubs’ biggest issue will continue to be their poor defense on the road, especially considering they won’t have homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Warriors are the last team you want to meet in a seven-game series.
They have the championship experience and pedigree that could make them the team to beat once the postseason hits.
But this is the kind of issue they need to solve before it’s too late, and the clock is ticking on the reigning NBA champions right now.NEXT: The Warriors Welcome Back A Key Player On Sunday