Breakfast Special: Klay Thompson Just Made Another 3

We’re getting confirmed reports, yes, confirmed reports of three-point detonations in Chicago. We’ve lost contact with our affiliate stations…

Klay Thompson set an NBA record, hitting 14 three-pointers in a game on 24 (!) attempts, and what this mostly means is that Warriors coach Steve Kerr set a precedent whereby the next time Stephen Curry has eight or nine threes in the first half, even if it’s a blowout, Kerr’s going to have to let him try and go for 15 lest he be accused of playing favorites between his two sharpshooters.

I mean, we knew Klay was going to have a breakout game. He came into the game 5-of-36 (13.9 percent) from long range.

He finished the game with his season stats raised to 19-of-60 (31.7 percent) and even though his advanced stats are still hot garbage (13.5 PER, -5.6 BPM, -0.2 VORP), it’s a step back toward respectability.

Speaking of advanced stats, Klay’s never been a guy the advanced numbers actually likes, but he keeps making All-Star teams. You can chew on that on your own time.

Golden State beat Chicago 149-124 and led 92-50 at the half. 92 is the same number of points as the Hawks scored in their entire game (more on them later.)

Curry had 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Draymond Green had another Draymond Game with three points on 1-of-5 shooting to go with 11 assists and six rebounds, Kevin Durant was plus-45 during his 28 minutes on the floor while scoring 13 points of his own, and the Warriors combined to shoot 24-of-45 from three-point range and 55.2 percent overall.

But really, there can be only one man of the match:

Bucks the Trend

Man, I love the way Mike Budenholzer coaches a basketball game. A shot chart devoid of midrange jumpers, a three-point attempt rate of near 50 percent…how do you not dig that?

And even though the Bucks were without Giannis Antetokounmpo, they still beat the Toronto Raptors (who were minus Kawhi Leonard) 124-109 to go to 7-0 to start the season.

Of course it was a Total Team Effort without the Greekazoid around, as nobody took more than 12 shots, seven guys scored in double figures, and Ersan Ilyasova (!), starting in Greekazoid’s place, scored 19 points on 8-of-12 to lead the way.

The Pacers could’ve had coach Bud during the offseason…instead, there’s a new sheriff in the Central Division.

A Total Team Effort deserves total team highlights:

A Clash of Titans in the Western Conference

Wait…New Orleans at Denver is a clash of titans?

Aye. Both teams were 4-1 coming into the game. Denver’s 5-1 now after a 116-111 win, and how did they lose to the #LOLakers?

Anthony Davis was out with a right elbow injury because Anthony Davis is a porcelain doll in the shape of an NBA player, and that proved decisive.

Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic had 12 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris each notched 23 points, and the Nuggets won the turnover battle 22-13 in order to take enough extra possessions to score those five extra points.

Jokic gets the Swiss Army man of the match:

Lightning Round!

The Pacers took 71 two-point shots and 19 three-point shots. Most of the twos were midrange jump shots, and most of those were bricks.

So the Trail Blazers, despite a bad night from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (12-of-28 combined), beat Indiana 103-93.

McCollum and Zach Collins had 17 each, Lillard had 16, and the Pacers played like dog crap.

But let’s give some love to Caleb Swanigan, who got his first NBA double-double after seasoning his skills in the G-League:

The Hawks meekly surrendered in Philadelphia, losing 113-92.

Ben Simmons led the way for the Sixers with 21 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, and zero three-point attempts, going 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line.

The Sixers made it a Total Team Effort with seven guys in double figures as well.

But let’s give some love to Markelle Fultz, who had 16 points in the win and seems to be getting his groove back:

The Kings and Pacers have the same record, 4-3, but the Pacers are fifth and the Kings are ninth because the Eastern Conference is a garbage fire.

Willie Cauley-Stein led the way with 26 points, Buddy Hield had 23, my namesake De’Aaron Fox had 20, and Nemanja Bjelica had 19, all in the cause of beating the Heat 123-113 in Miami.

Sacramento shot 49.5 percent from the field, 46.2 from long range, and won the turnover battle 19-12. That’ll do, guys. That’ll do.

You like highlights? We got highlights.

The Knicks waxed the Nets at Madison Square Garden 115-96 to push both teams to 2-5 because New York basketball is a dead zone and a wasteland and it’s a real tragedy that better hoop is played at Rucker Park.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 25, seven Knicks players notched double figures for the Total Team Effort, Brooklyn’s patented Suck Faster offense ensured 28.9 percent shooting from three would drag down their overall percentage to 40.5, and just for kicks, New York outrebounded Brooklyn 53-32.

What a mess. But at least Hardaway got the job done!

Oh, Jarrett Allen…you precious child of summer…

News flash: Lonzo Ball still sucks.

I repeat: Lonzo Ball still sucks.

Despite 29 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists from LeBron James, the Lakers fell 124-120 to the Timberwolves, in part because Ball had four points on 2-of-6 shooting, notched just one assist and one rebound, and wasted 24 minutes of everyone’s time.

Jimmy Butler, meanwhile, just keeps putting up reasons to drive up his trade price, as he had 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting and 6-of-7 from three.

The Butler did it:

And finally, the Spurs beat the Mavs 113-108 in overtime, but if ever a team had a roster terribly ill-constructed for modern basketball, San Antonio 2018 is that team.

With LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan on the roster, yes, the two combined for 54 points, but they attempted just one three-pointer (which DeRozan missed) and…well, they went 18-of-18 from the line. More than one way to skin a cat, I guess.

But the Spurs, like the Pacers, have a midrange jump shooting problem. You don’t win NBA games in 2018 by shooting midrange jump shots. They’re headed for a fall.

But hey, game recognize game, and 34 points ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at:

Pacers Tuesday coming later. I don’t know whether to yell about Nate’s coaching again or go after the guys who think Lance Stephenson would somehow give this team what it needs. Maybe both. Maybe neither. Stay tuned. And thanks for reading!