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Klay Thompson insults Grizzlies players after Warriors title

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After reaching the NBA Finals five straight seasons, the Golden State Warriors were at the top of the world. They were the big favorites for most of their playoff matchups. However, during the 2019 finals, Kevin Durant tore his Achilles tendon and then Klay Thompson tore his ACL days apart. It seemed like the dubs couldn’t take a break.

Durant left the team during the offseason and the Warriors won 15 games in 2020. Then, while preparing for the 2021 season, Thompson tore his Achilles tendon. To say the Warriors have had a reality check over the past two years would be an understatement.

After winning his fourth title, Thompson spoke to reporters about it after celebrating in the dressing room.

“But the second [injury] When it happened, it was like, what the hell is going on, man,” Thompson recalls. “Just to stick with it, just calf raise after calf raise, after underwater treadmill, so many days, not even touching a ball.

Sometimes I have no words to go through this season with its ups and downs and even these playoffs. Because I knew it was possible, but to be here in real time, man, I don’t want to go. I want to enjoy every second of it. I know how fleeting it can be.”

With the Dubs in such a bad mood over the past two years, many rivals and opponents taunted the Warriors for every opportunity they could get. Unsurprisingly, Thompson revealed an unprovoked grudge, which he held after he had some alcohol from the dressing room down him.

“I can’t wait, there’s this one player in the Grizzlies who tweeted ‘strength in numbers’ after they beat us in the regular season and that pissed me off,” Thompson said truthfully. “I can’t wait to retweet this thing. Damn bum.”

In the second half of the season, the Dubs hobbled through to the end of the regular season, trying to get healthy and establish continuity with their core plays. Thompson was referring to the game against Memphis, where all core players sat out due to load management. The Grizzlies won 123-95 and mocked the dubs, with Jaren Jackson Jr.’s tweet being something Thompson stuck with.

“I had to see that, damn it – okay, okay. We’re sorry. Bad memory just surfaced. do you want to mock us For example, you’ve never been there, brother. We have been there. We know what is important. Hold that. Twitter fingers, can you believe it?

I have a memory like an elephant. I do not forget. There were a lot of people who stepped on us.”

Thompson is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, and the media devours everything he says. However, this seems to be something he was quite upset about and used as motivation to win the title that season.

In Game 6 of the 2019 Finals, Thompson tore his left cruciate ligament, and three years later he wins another championship in Game 6 of the 2022 Finals.

It’s fitting that someone like Thompson is working so hard to get back to that level and end the season like that. There was no Game 6 Klay in the 2022 NBA Finals as he shot 5/20, but he did display bits of the elite defense he was known for prior to his 2019 injury.

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