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“It burns. You never get over things like that.” — Klay Thompson still getting nightmares from Kyrie Irving's 3-point dagger

Klay admitted he still has not watched Kyrie's 3-point dagger over Steph Curry in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shoots the the game winning shot during the fourth quarter against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry

Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving

We all know how the play went. Kyrie Irving dribbled the ball and asked for a screen from JR Smith. Now, it was Steph Curry on him while Klay Thompson switched and guarded Smith. Irving looked at the shot clock, dribbled some more, and attempted a fadeaway three. All net. The rest was history. Fast forward to 2022, and one man still feels the effects of that moment: Klay Thompson.

“It burns. You never get over things like that.”

Klay was a guest on the All The Smoke podcast by Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. The sharpshooter shared several stories, including what it was like during the moment when Kyrie Irving fired a 3-point attempt over the outstretched arms of Stephen Kyrie, which went in and doomed the 73-9 history-chasing Warriors’ chance at glory.

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Kyrie got one of the greatest shots in NBA history and I’m like 'Steph’s a great defender too.' But I’m like 'I can’t believe I conceded that switch.' It still burns. You never get over things like that.

It’s easy for Thompson to say that had he guarded Kyrie, it would have been a different story, but as we all witnessed, the Cavs guard also had a game-winning shot over him during a Christmas game.

Klay did a good job defending in the sequence above, but Irving’s offensive arsenal was just better. That’s what makes the basketball game beautiful: you just can’t predict what’s going to happen next.

Life lessons for the Warriors

The Golden State Warriors were on their way to sealing their historic regular season with a title, but LeBron James, Irving, and the Cavs had different ideas. Instead of making their names immortal, the Warriors became the butt of jokes after failing to seal the deal. For Thompson, he hopes what they achieved would remain special even if they didn’t win the championship.

73-9 is still a mind-blowing achievement. 

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