Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson likely option for being open

Houston — Question for the Rockets’ defense: Who do you leave open?

Because at various points in this Western Finals, a choice must be made against the Warriors. It’s necessary to give extra attention to Kevin Durant, who’s only one of the top three or four scorers on the planet. And look here, Steph Curry is healthy and feeling frisky again, so the two-time MVP and historically-great 3-point shooter must be given the proper respect as well.

That leaves Klay Thompson?

As the Rockets prepare for a must-have Game 2 (9 ET on TNT) on Wednesday, this is the most likely option, to man-up Thompson without help, or even stray from Thompson at times when the Warriors spread the floor and force you to choose door No. 1, 2 or 3. Usually this means Thompson is the beneficiary, the reward for playing next to two of the few shooters who are more dangerous than he is, two who happen to be his teammates.

That’s why the Warriors are a tough check and once again favorites to sip champagne in June. On almost any other team, Thompson would see multiple bodies flying in his direction on switches and traps. Not this one. And not now, even though the Rockets are down 1-0 in the series and rightly feel a little desperate.

Thompson had plenty of

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