Klay Thompson did not mince words after the Warriors’ 129-121 home loss Wednesday to the Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round series.
The Warriors missed a chance to end the series, despite Kevin Durant posting a game-high 45 points at Oracle Arena.
Steve Kerr’s two-time defending champions, who still lead the series 3-2, were well off their best, and Thompson wants to see a strong response in Friday’s Game 6 in Los Angeles.
Asked how the Warriors could build on the latest result, Thompson said: “Shoot, there’s no building, we just go do what we do.
“Build from this game? This game sucked. We lost. Let’s freakin’ win by 30, like we’re capable of. But it’s basketball, so I’m excited for Friday.”
Another one coming up.
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— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 25, 2019
The Rockets — beaten by the Warriors in a dramatic Western Conference Finals last year — await in the semis, and Thompson admitted he had already started to cast his mind toward that series before finishing the job at hand against the Clippers, who were led by Lou Williams’ 33-point effort.
“I thought we were going to come out and win, but sometimes life doesn’t go as planned,” Thompson said.
“We’re still in a great position with hopefully only 48 minutes left to close these guys out. They’ve been pesky. They’ve been tough, but now it’s time to do what we do.”