All right, maybe its time to say it. Is it time to thinkabout replacing Klay Thompson in the starting lineup with JarrettJack?Starting Jack would mean that Stephen Curry, coming off a 31-point,nine-assist breakout game in a win over Dallas, would slide over to shootingguard.RECAP: Warriors top Mavs in OT
The move might raise some eyebrows because the Warriors havemade no secret they believe Thompson is the shooting guard of thefuture.But Thompson is mired in an awful shooting slump (some couldargue season-long), and worse, he has made some very unsound plays late ingames recently.Over the past six games, Thompson is just 26-for-89 from thefield (29.2 percent), including 11-for-43 (25.5 percent) from 3-point range.For the season, Thompson is shooting 33 percent from the field and hasnt madehalf his shots in a game all season.Worse than Thompsons shooting has been hisdecision-making.The first time Thompson made some questionable plays downthe stretch, they led to a demoralizing double-overtime loss against Denver. OnMonday against Dallas, Thompson took a really bad shot at the wrong time, andit very well could have cost the Warriors the game.At the end of regulation against the Mavericks, Thompsontook a 3-pointers with the game tied and 20 seconds remaining on the game clock and the shot clock not a factor.Thompson missed the shot, completing his 2-for-14 shootingnight, and, fortunately for the Warriors, the Mavericks failed to score on thefinal possession in regulation.In the Warriors 107-101 double-overtime loss to the Nuggetson Nov. 10, Thompson not only missed two free throws in overtime which couldhave sealed the game, he then failed to foul Danilo Gallinari on the ensuingpossession despite being instructed to do so.RELATED: Warriors fall to Nuggets in 2OTIn the second overtime of that game, Thompson took anill-advised 3-pointer from the corner, with one-and-a-half minutes remaining,the Warriors up four, and 15 seconds on the shot clock.REWIND: Thompson talks about forgettable game
Warriors coach Mark Jackson has made point of emphasizingthat he wants Thompson to remain aggressive with his jumper and that hebelieves Thompson is playing well on the defensive end.But that wasnt the case on Monday night in Dallas, whenO.J. Mayo, whom Thompson was guarding, had all nine of the Mavericks points inovertime.Jackson has shown steadfast faith in Thompson so far thisyear, playing him 34 minutes per game and going with him most of the time incrunch time. Question is, is it time to start pulling back Thompsons minutesand bringing him off the bench?
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