Klay Thompson is a four-time NBA champion known for his sharp-shooting skills, but even the Warriors star isn't perfect all the time.
And for coach Steve Kerr, that's OK -- because Thompson has more than earned the right to take a bad shot or two.
Kerr stopped by 95.7 The Game's "Willard & Dibs" on Tuesday, where he said Thompson's body of work "100 percent" helps the coach live with his sometimes-imperfect shot selection.
"[Thompson's] going to take some bad ones, and so is Steph [Curry], and that’s OK," Kerr said. "Ideally, you want guys taking good shots every time down the floor, but when Klay had 38 in Oklahoma City in Game 6, a lot of those were really bad shots and [he] made them, and that’s the only reason we won.
"What you get from Klay is the swash-buckling attitude, that aggressiveness, the confidence, and part of that package is some bad shots. And hey, you live with that."
Thompson certainly had some bad shot attempts in the Warriors' 104-101 loss in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday at Crypto.com Arena. One even elicited a strong reaction from Kerr, who had told Golden State earlier in the game, "No more hero ball."
But that statement is easier said than done for the defending NBA champions, Kerr explained -- a team with plenty of players ready and willing to make a splash whenever they get an open look.
"Well, I thought there were a few points in the game where we were trying to do it a little too quickly, where maybe we could’ve penetrated and got a better look, but you have to understand, too, these guys are aggressive, and if they’re open, they want to let it fly," Kerr said. "We don’t want to take that away from them, we want them aggressive, so it’s always a balance."
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The Warriors will need Thompson, along with Jordan Poole, to find his shot vs. the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 on Wednesday at Chase Center as they stare down elimination with a three-games-to-one deficit in the conference semifinals.
After Thompson finished Game 4 with just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field, Kerr believes the Splash Bro can find success if his teammates can help him find space.
"Well, I think the Lakers are doing a good job of crowding him at every opportunity, and they’ve made him a priority, trying to keep him from getting loose," Kerr said. "He had that huge Game 2, and the last two games, [the Lakers have] done a really good job defensively.
"He’s a huge key for us, and we’ve got to do a better job of trying to free him up [Wednesday]."