Warriors exceed expectations

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Jed Jacobsohn

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) is congratulated by guard Stephen Curry (30) after Thompson scored against the Detroit Pistons during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

Charlie Sullivan, Staff Writter

The Warriors are looking solid and currently sit in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 35-13 a little over halfway through the NBA season. Despite their winning record, they lost five of their last ten games. They are missing their defensive leader, Draymond Green who is out with a back injury for the forseeable future, but Klay Thompson is finally back after missing nearly two entire seasons.

“He’s doing pretty good…” Woodside senior Juan Marquez commented about Klay’s return. “He’s obviously not playing at a superstar level yet, but that was expected since he hasn’t played basketball for 2 seasons.”

Klay is coming off a torn ACL and a torn Achilles, so most Warrior fans weren’t expecting him to come back and play like his superstar-level self right away. He was immediately included in the starting lineup, but has been playing limited minutes to ease into his return. 

Woodside junior, Charles Connolly is optimistic about Klay returning.

“He hasn’t had the best start, but he has had his moments where he looks like the old Klay… and I am looking forward to seeing him back in that form again,” Connolly said.

At the moment,  Steph Curry is in a huge shooting “slump”, which is very rare for him since he is known as the best shooter in the history of the league. Woodside fans are sticking by him.

“I know he’s been in a slump, but it’s Curry. He’s the greatest shooter of all time,” Connolly commented. “His impact on the team is unmatched, and I believe he is this year’s MVP.”

Many fans who watch every Warriors game are aware of Steph Curry’s overall impact. Most NBA fans just see him for his shooting, but he brings so much more to the table with his leadership, passing ability, handles, attitude, on-ball defense, and just overall vibe. 

Marquez could not agree more with Connolly.

“He’s the MVP… it’s Curry, so although he may be in a little bit of a slump right now, he will most definitely pick it up,” Marquez stated.

With so much success in the regular season for the Warriors, the question is whether or not they can go deep in the playoffs.

“I think we can make a championship run despite Steph being in a bit of a slump right now, because I think the team is going to work past it and guys like Wiggins and Klay are going to lighten the load,” Woodside junior and avid Warrior fan, Benny Bogy stated.