What Klay Thompson Said About the Ability to Win Everything in Game 6


“I’ve never been excited to go to Boston, I’ll tell you that.”

Klay Thompson has a chance to do something his father did: beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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The Warriors have their fourth title in eight years in their sights.

A 104-94 Game 5 win over the Celtics gave the Warriors a 3-2 series lead meaning they could hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy at TD Garden after Thursday night’s Game 6.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who had two steals in Game 5, wasn’t shy to share his excitement ahead of Thursday’s Game 6 when asked if the Finals was his best defensive series yet this postseason.

‘It could be, but it won’t mean anything if I lay an egg on it in a few days. I’m just excited to build on it,” Thompson said.

“I’ve never been excited to go to Boston, I’ll tell you that.”

Thompson, of course, was one of the Warriors to disapprove of the chants Celtics fans gave Draymond Green during Games 3 and 4 at TD Garden. Thompson got a chorus of booing during the warm-ups in Game 4 after making his comments after Game 3, playing along with the crowd.

If Thompson and the Warriors do win on Thursday (or even Sunday if there’s a Game 7), he’ll have something in common with his dad, Mychal. The elder Thompson also defeated the Celtics in the NBA Finals as part of the 1987 Lakers championship squad.

The younger Thompson was still a few years away from his birth when his father helped beat the Celtics, but he also knows what it meant to beat Boston then and even now, 35 years later.

“Well, when you’re up against a team with history like the Celtics, that’s great,” said Thompson. “They’ve had some of the best players ever to dribble the ball, all the way down to… [Bob] Cousy, and [Bill] Russell, to [Larry] Bird, [Kevin] McHale, [Robert] Parrish, and look at Paul Pierce and Kobe [Bryant] go for it, and now to add to that legacy, it’s great.

“When we grew up, we watched those games, and you just felt the tension in the Forum or in the Boston Garden, and I know he looks back on it with as much joy as I do. Because the rivalry between the Lakers and the Celtics really built the NBA, you might say, and it’s one of the biggest rivalries in the world.

“So to be a little bit part of that with Golden State and Boston, it’s a new chapter, and it’s just amazing to be here. It’s like a dream, honestly. Compared to what I did in this one last year time of year in this building, it’s a dream.”

However, Thompson isn’t lining up to get his finger size for the ring just yet. He was part of the Warriors squad that lost the only 3-1 lead in NBA Finals history, losing three in a row to lose the 2016 series to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

‘I mean, I’m not going to lie to you, it feels good; but we’ve been here before, 2016, and we were maybe, you know, overly excited,” Thompson recalled. “But so — like it feels right, but we haven’t done anything yet and the mission is still the same. We are all eager to get to Boston and play a great game on Thursday.”

Thompson’s Warriors will get two cracks when beating the Celtics to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy. The first is on Thursday night in Boston. If the Celtics win that game, both teams will fly back to San Francisco on Sunday for a Game 7.

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