NBA Finals: Warriors looking for ‘Game Six Clay’ to win championship

June 13, 2022;  San Francisco, California, USA;  Golden State Warriors guard Clay Thompson (11) reacts after making a three-point basketball in the second half of five games in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at the Chase Center.  Compulsory Credit: Kyle Terda-USA Today Sports

Golden State Warriors guard Clay Thompson (11) reacts after making a three-point basketball in the second half of five games in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at the Chase Center. Compulsory Credit: Kyle Terda-USA Today Sports

Golden State Warriors guard Clay Thompson has earned the nickname “Game Six Clay” for his spectacular performance in that critical contest, but said he did not want to stress the issue in Game Six in the final on Thursday.

Thompson warmed steadily throughout the series, and the game gave the Warriors a chance to beat the Celtics on the road and claim their fourth championship in eight years.

“It’s definitely a nickname I’ve earned and I want to keep it,” Thompson told reporters Wednesday.

“At the same time, I don’t want to go there and play hero ball. I’ll just be there and be myself, doing what I’ve been doing in the last few games. I know this will allow us to succeed. “

Thompson plans to tap into his killer instincts, which he says “play with incredible intensity, strength and will.”

Thompson has shot more than 20 points in the 3-point range and nearly 50% of the shots in 12 career game sixes.

He scored 41 points and made 11 three-pointers to lead the Warriors in a thrilling win over the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Final.

There is a highlight reel on YouTube dedicated to the heroism of his Game Six and Thompson admits to watching it when he finds himself in the shooting recession that he was before the series.

“Game Six Clay, I don’t know how he managed to do that,” said Stephen Curry, a fellow sharpshooting guard.

“No moment is too big for him to just enjoy his personality, hooping, enjoying himself, embracing the hostile crowd, or enjoying the home environment if we are at home,” he said.

“He has a knack for big moments like this. That’s exactly what happened in Game Six. And he has another chance to add to that story tomorrow. “

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