Klay Thompson 'Getting 2015 Vibes' After Warriors' Game 3 Loss vs. Celtics

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 9, 2022

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 08: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors drives past Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in the first quarter during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors are down two games to one in the NBA Finals after losing 116-100 to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.

Golden State was in the same position in 2015 when it trailed 2-1 in the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers before winning three straight to earn the title.

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson had that series on his mind when he spoke with reporters postgame.

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Klay Thompson: "We've been in this situation before. I'm getting 2015 vibes."

The Warriors need to be far better on the boards (47-31 Game 3 deficit) and take better care of the ball (eight fourth-quarter turnovers) to turn this series around. Draymond Green (two points, fouled out) also needs to rebound from a rough performance.

On the bright side, Thompson bounced back from a 4-of-19 Game 2 performance to drop 25 points on Wednesday. Curry (31.3 PPG in the NBA Finals) continued his sensational championship performance with 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting.

Golden State's top trio of Curry, Thompson and Green did come back against the Cavs, but that team was missing Kevin Love all series and Kyrie Irving for Games 2-6 due to injury.

This Celtics team is far more formidable and deeper on paper with a stout starting lineup featuring Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.

Still, the Warriors are still in this series and will look to even it up on Friday in Boston at 9 p.m. ET.