Klay Thompson, Game 6? Warriors star takes chill approach to big games

BOSTON — Klay Thompson says he prefers to spend his free time sailing around the Bay Area regardless of what time of the year it is. But on those select days when the temperature is in the low 60s, the sun is shining and the vibes are immaculate, the Golden State Warriors guard makes multiple efforts to do so.

Thompson, an Aquarius by birth, believes that the ocean has special healing properties that he just can’t get in a pool or a cold tub. For him, it’s not just about healing the body, but the mind and soul as well. Being immersed in nature brings him peace. And when he gazes up at the sky from his ship, he swears he feels a little nearer to God.

“It’s really my happy place, besides the hardwood,” Thompson said.

That’s how Thompson spent his Sunday ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, and his tranquil oceanic retreat had the desired effect.

In the Warriors’ 104-94 win at Chase Center on Monday night — which also happened to be the three-year anniversary of his devastating ACL injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals — Thompson scored 21 points on 50% shooting and knocked down 5-of-11 shots from deep, his best efficiency from beyond the arc in the finals. Ten of his 21 points were scored in the third quarter when Golden State needed a spark. His pair of 3-pointers late in the period kept his team within striking distance.

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