In what may be his last Warriors game, Klay Thompson misses all 10 shots.

Sacramento — Klay Thompson has created numerous memorable moments as Stephen Curry's Splash Brother running buddy for the Golden State Warriors for over a decade. Game 6 heroics. 3-pointer scores. Shutdown defense against top scorers.  

Thompson had one of his worst performances ever in a big occasion Tuesday night, missing all 10 shots in a 118-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings in the play-in round, his penultimate game before an uncertain free agency summer. “Everybody’s going to talk about one game,” Curry said. “He wanted to play better. I know he's champion. We all prepare to play well under strong lights. Nothing needs to be said if it doesn't happen.  

Thompson stared blankly on the bench for the final minutes of the loss before eventually leaving the field for what may have been his last Warriors game. He missed the most shots in a playoff game by a Warriors player in at least 50 years and went scoreless for the first time since his rookie season.  

It was a far cry from his 37-point third quarter against the Kings in 2015, his 60-point game against Indiana the following season, or his 11 3-pointers in the sixth game of the 2016 Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City that forced a seventh game and a return to the NBA Finals.  

After two seasons out with devastating knee and Achilles injuries in 2019-20 and 2020-21, Thompson has struggled to return. He returned to assist Golden State win a fourth title in this era in 2022 but struggled for long stretches. He was benched in crucial late-game moments and had seemed to regain his flow late in the season before losing to the Kings.  

After the final season of a five-year, almost $190 million contract, he will become a free agent in July. The Warriors must determine how much to pay a 34-year-old whose best seasons are behind him after two catastrophic injuries, and Thompson must decide how much of a salary cut he'll take or whether he'd rather end his career somewhere.  

We need Klay back. Tonight was challenging for him, said coach Steve Kerr. I speak for everyone in the organization—we want him back. The business at hand must be addressed. As terrific as Klay is, we want him back for what he's done for our franchise.”  

Thompson helped a franchise win four titles and six Finals appearances from 2015-22. Thompson's 2,481 regular-season 3-pointers are sixth in NBA history, and his 501 postseason 3-pointers are second only to Curry. Thompson didn't speak to the media after the loss but will on Wednesday when the squad travels home for an uncertain summer.  

Forward Draymond Green added, “He has a decision to make. “He’ll choose wisely. Team must decide. They'll make the best team decision. I don't think Klay will go, which is great for this team. They treated me well. They treated Steph well. They treated everyone well.” It was the first time the Warriors missed the playoffs with Curry, Thompson, and Green healthy. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili of San Antonio have the most NBA seasons as teammates with 14, followed by their 12.  

“I can never see myself without those two guys,” Curry added. I know this league evolves and there are numerous factors, and we won't play forever. Our shared experiences were vast. That's all I care about—they and I want to win.”  

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