Klay Thompson wants Warriors to win out in final 20 games of season (vid)
The Golden State Warriors have 20 games remaining in the regular season after Wednesday’s 109-101 victory over the Washington Wizards. And Klay Thompson would like nothing more than to close out the season in grand fashion.
How grand? The Warriors sharpshooter wants the team to win every game remaining on the schedule.
“We’re really trying to win every game going into the playoffs. And it might be unrealistic, but it’d be nice to do that,” Thompson told reporters after Wednesday’s win, via Clutch Points. “We’re right on Houston’s heels. We got a very tight race right now. So we got to try to take the lead.”
Warriors have 20 games left. Klay Thompson said his goal is to run the table. Relayed Steph Curry that message: "We haven't run off a long win streak in awhile…" pic.twitter.com/t0uOhQ94nI
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Curry, meanwhile, echoed Thompson’s sentiments.
“You got to obviously stay in the moment,” Curry said. “But we haven’t run off a long win streak in a while. So that would be a nice feeling going into the playoffs if we could build that type of momentum.
“I think more so, on top of that, we’ve been in the situation where we’ve just tried to win games as opposed to really reflect on how we’re playing night in and night out. We’re approaching that mindset with a different perspective, holding ourselves to a high standard, not just our talent outplaying other teams. We have to actually play better.”
Wednesday’s victory puts the defending NBA champions at 48-14 and in a virtual tie atop the Western Conference with the red-hot Houston Rockets (47-13).
The safe assumption would be that should the Warriors win out — on a 24-game winning streak, no less — it stands to reason the Rockets would not be able to match that kind of run. Although the Rockets are on an impressive win streak of their own, having won 13 in a row.
The Rockets of course have been laser-focused all season on knocking the Warriors off their pedestal, with James Harden proclaiming this week that “this is the year.” Curry and the Warriors have mostly downplayed the Rockets’ obsession, but perhaps the comments out of Thompson and Curry are their way to up the ante, as it were.