SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson and Steph Curry won’t say they get particularly fired up to play the Phoenix Suns. But cameras and stats say otherwise.

It was just four months ago in Phoenix that some feisty words with Devin Booker got Thompson ejected for the first time in his career — something about Thompson having “four rings” to Booker’s zero when when Booker decided to rub a Suns runaway victory in Thompson’s face.

So it didn’t feel coincidental that Thompson erupted for 33 points with eight three-pointers, a handful over Booker’s hands, in the first half of the Warriors’ electrifying win over the Suns.

Doesn’t Thompson get any extra juice from sticking a W on a Phoenix Suns team that beat them three times this year?

“No,” Thompson said. “I think when you have a hot shooting stretch like that, it tends to let out your emotions and it feels good.”

Does Curry feel a little oomph? Cameras caught him clearly yelling at Chris Paul “this ain’t 2014 no more” after bullying him at the rim for an and-1 bucket. Thompson, seated next to Curry at the media podium for a rare dual press conference, threw his head back and mouthed a “wow” when he heard the throwback his longtime teammate uttered in the heat of competition.

“It’s all competition,” Curry said. “Played against him for so many years, the love I got for him. Our history. It’s just competition, back and forth.”

Tempered egos and perspective are to be expected hours after the final buzzer; no need to get petty after a win.

But those fiery moments show these Warriors aren’t afraid to polish off old chips on their shoulder to find that extra edge. It’s a tactic plenty of all-time greats have done; Michael Jordan made up stories about opposing players in his head to manufacture stakes for a revenge game, as he explained his “The Last Dance” documentary.

After the NBA Finals last year, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green referenced all the doubters’ words — snippets from social media comments and ESPN talking heads — they collected in their minds as fuel.

Curry’s 2014 comment isn’t from a made up moment. Before the four championship titles, Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers were the Curry-era Warriors’ first rival and greatest obstacle in the West. Paul and Blake Griffin bested the Warriors in seven games in the Western Conference’s first round that year. It was the last time the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Steph Curry, Klay Thompson polish old chips on their shoulder against Suns

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