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Note the return of Klay Thompson to the warriors

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Klay Thompson is back with the Golden State Warriors and everything in the basketball world looks a little brighter.

Many people were eagerly awaiting the return of Thompson, who was absent for 941 days due to ACL and Achilles tendon injuries.

He returned to the field on Sunday night, returning to a team and a league that had changed dramatically in his years away.

He was playing with a team that looked little like the one he left and was up against guys who weren’t even in the NBA in Thompson’s last competition.

Still, Thompson didn’t miss a beat: At the end of the game, the goalie racked up 17 points in 20 minutes and helped the Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in front of a boisterous home crowd.

Is Thompson as good as before?

He can still shoot

It doesn’t surprise anyone, but Thompson can still shoot basketball like the best of them.

He wasn’t afraid to shoot (he made 18 field goal attempts) and he did a respectable number (seven).

His three-point percentage was 37.5 (three of eight), which is a drop from his career average of 45.9%, but he did pull off some tough shots on Sunday night, so that’s a number impressive.

Perhaps more surprisingly, Thompson seemed able – and eager – to be physical.

It attacks the rim

The best moment of Thompson’s comeback must have been his quick little dunk in the second quarter of the game, which got the crowd on its feet.

It didn’t sound like someone who hadn’t played professional basketball in over two years.

From speed to aggression to the average cup he gave out at the end, Thompson was in great shape on possession.

But that’s not the only time he’s shown his basketball prowess hasn’t faltered.

Later in the game, Thompson proved to be incredibly difficult to block.

Unless you literally stay on top of him, Thompson will find a way to score – either through a deep two or three or through a practice in the paint.

He has several ways of scoring and several ways to keep defenders on their toes.

It’s a huge advantage to find Thompson.

Again, the Warriors have another marker that is dangerous from just about anywhere.

In just 20 minutes on the field, Thompson reminded us why he’s such an important player in the NBA.

And after?

The question remains: Was Thompson as good on Sunday night as he once was?

An answer to this is of course complicated, but the numbers say it roughly was.

His career average for the regular season is 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game.

With a total of 17 points, three rebounds and one block, he’s coming close to those numbers.

Keep in mind that he only played 20 minutes on Sunday night and usually averages 33 minutes per game.

Therefore, it stands to reason that the more time Thompson has, the more points he will create.

Sunday night’s game was filled with great news for the Warriors: Stephen Curry was shooting like before and Thompson was playing as well as people had hoped.

Thompson sent a message to the Western Conference and the rest of the NBA: watch out.

Note the return of Klay Thompson to the warriors

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