When Klay Thompson recently proclaimed himself to be the best shooting guard in the NBA, it didn't come as much of a surprise.
Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James, and even Paul George have all said they were the game's best player at one time or another, and it's not unusual for guys at the professional level to have an insane amount of confidence.
In Thompson's case, however, it simply isn't true. Most observers of the league who live outside of the Bay Area would have Harden at the top of the list, which is probably why he was so dismissive of Thompson's claim when he was asked about it.
"People are going to talk,” Harden said. “Just let them talk and do whatever they’re going to do. Whatever gets them excited and whatever gives them that confidence to want to talk, just go ahead and do it. But we really know what’s going on.”
Asked if Thompson’s comment adds any motivation to Thursday’s meeting, Harden left it at “No.”
We'll see if Harden goes off against the Warriors tonight. It should be a lot easier for him to do so without Stephen Curry in the Golden State lineup, considering the Warriors lost by 23 points to the Mavericks on Wednesday while Curry was sidelined due to injury.
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