October 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) dribbles the basketball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Ish Smith (4) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 111-95. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
There isn't much to nitpick with the Golden State Warriors to start the season. Besides the long-term ramifications of Steve Kerr's back issues, the Warriors are torching the league and look as poised as ever to defend their championship.
One of the few early concerns, though minor, was the lackluster play of All-Star guard Klay Thompson. Through the first five games of the season, Thompson was averaging 13.8 points per game and shooting just 29.4 percent from beyond the arc -- well below his averages last season (21.7 PPG and 43.9 percent from deep).
On Monday, Thompson revealed that he has been dealing with a back injury, which has affected his play, according to CSN Bay Area:
Over the past three games, in which Thompson says he's been feeling better, he's been averaging 20 points per contest and shooting 46.2 percent on 3s. Granted, the Warriors have played an easier schedule against compared with the first five games, but Thompson genuinely looks like he's turning his season around.
If the Warriors have a fatal flaw, it's that they're probably too reliant on Stephen Curry to generate offense for them. Curry is so great that the game plan often works -- they are 8-0, of course -- but the Warriors will need Thompson to step up and flourish as the second option when the games count in May and June.