Golden State Warriors swingman Klay Thompson scored 32 points in a 115-105 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, but it was the pep talk he gave to his right hand in the midst of breaking out of his slump that got more attention than the scoring outburst he and his teammates have been craving.
After knocking down his fourth 3-pointer of the game midway through the fourth quarter, Thompson looked at his right hand and delivered a message that quickly went viral.
"Just, 'I missed you,'" Thompson said after the game of the message to his hand. "'It's good to see you again.' It's been a five-game absence or so where he hasn't been the same. So to finally see the ball go in at a high rate felt really good. Just keep being aggressive and hopefully get on a great roll from here."
Aside from a record-setting, 52-point, 14 3-pointer performance against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29, Thompson has struggled to find consistency throughout the season. Coming into Saturday night's game, he was just 21-for-68 from the field in his previous five games and was missing open looks each game. Despite the struggles, neither Thompson nor his teammates lost faith that he would break out of the slump.