"Just watching in amazement of their shooting ability, how great their team was and continues to be". That kind of kept me focused on that mission. I'll admit it, I haven't been totally buying the hot start for the Kings because of who they beat: the Thunder (a team stumbling out of the gate, although the Kings spoiled Russell Westbrook's return), the flawed Grizzlies, and the flawed and imploding Wizards.
On Monday, it was more unfortunate than lucky.
Playing for Golden State against Chicago, Thompson caught fire like we've never seen before and went on a rampage as he single-handedly destroyed the Bulls - and basketball logic - by launching from beyond the arc with ludicrous success.
The Warriors scored 92 points in the first half - the most ever by a road team and the second most of all time behind the Phoenix Suns, who had 107 in the first half against the Denver Nuggets back in 1990.
Thompson's 27 minutes played is lowest recorded minutes total for a 50-point game in history, two minutes fewer than Damian Lillard, who scored 50 in 29 minutes last season. Curry's previous mark was 13. Thompson would hit two more threes, his 11th and 12th of the game before putting on a bandage and headband to stop the bleeding with about 8:02 left in the third quarter.
"It's rare that happens, " Thompson said about visiting fans cheering him on.
Being red-hot from nearly any distance would also seem to be a reason to play.
"I'm just so blessed to play with the guys that I do".
The Bulls spent their entire life on the west side of Chicago and were a tremendous part of the community. But with Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine all out with injuries, this one got ugly in a hurry. Without those four? Forget it. He also had seven assists and six rebounds. "We played hard enough, '" Fizdale said.
The Warriors have to expect that Klay Thompson will find his shot sometime soon.