December 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11, left) controls the ball defended by Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10, right) during the third quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 118-115 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Durability of Klay Thompson


Watch out, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson is coming for your record. Although Thunder fans were worried when Westbrook tweaked his ankle nastily, he of course pulled through, and finished the night with 21 points. That ankle injury is now history, but what people forget is that Westbrook physically cannot get injured.

He hasn’t missed a high school game, college game, or an NBA game, this has to be some kind of record of this decade. Fortunately for Westbrook, his bones are made of steel, unbreakable. Someone is coming after Westbrook, however.

Klay Thompson from the Warriors is yet to miss a single game in his short career. Thompson played each and every game in the lockout season, and despite some ugly shooting nights, Thompson has never seen his team being blown out, or blowing out, while he wears a suit and watches from the bench.

That’s got to be a good feeling — not being injury prone. With the way that Thompson plays, he doesn’t have a high risk of getting hurt: for example, he’ll shoot open jumpshots, but occasionally, he will drive hard to the basket. Those are the plays that you can get injured off of, but that’s a very low chance.

Russell Westbrook, on the other hand, is an explosive, scoring guard, who will drive to the basket and throw in a nasty dunk just as hard as he can. He’s more of a true guard that Thompson, of course. With the way that Westbrook plays, he’s bound to get hurt eventually. Last night against the New York Knicks, he took some hard falls, and hard fouls, but you never get worried when he takes a hit.

In Golden State, Klay Thompson is always the one who takes the load when David Lee or Stephen Curry are out. When Curry was out against the Cavaliers, he scored a career high 32 points. The Warriors, who were without four role players, beat the Cavaliers seemingly without even trying. Curry hasn’t missed many games this year, but what if his ankles remember that they’re paper, right before the playoffs started?

Klay Thompson would be the guy to take the scoring load, and his numbers would go up.

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