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Klay Thompson has been an integral piece of the Golden State Warriors' dynastic five-year run, though the sharpshooter doesn't always get the credit he deserves. Despite being a historically efficient shooter, a versatile defender and a willing passer, Thompson is often overshadowed by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.
However, one stat shows just how important Thompson is to the Warriors. Since signing Durant, the Warriors have gone 6-11 straight up in games Thompson has missed.
While most would expect a team to regress when an All Star-caliber player sits out, this stat is a bit jarring considering Golden State is 30-2 in games with Curry and without Durant.
Even though Thompson's status for Wednesday's Game 3 is still up in the air due to a hamstring injury, the Warriors are 4.5-point favorites against the Toronto Raptors, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
It's also worth mentioning that the Warriors were leading 98-91 before Thompson left with an injury. With Thompson off the floor, the Raptors went on a run, cutting the lead to three points with 26.9 seconds remaining before Andre Iguodala's timely 3-pointer sealed Golden State's Game 2 victory.
With Thompson questionable, and Durant already ruled out, Curry will clearly have a lot on his plate tonight. If there's anyone capable of overcoming these odds it's probably Curry, but his record without his fellow Splash Brother could concern some NBA bettors.
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