Klay Thompson tosses sly shade at Celtics’ NBA Finals officiating complaints

After the Boston Celtics again contested the lead Monday night at the Chase Center in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Klay Thompson offered a not-so-indirect assessment of their grievances just two days later.

The Boston players admitted after their 104-94 loss to the Warriors that frequent arguments with the umpires on the court didn’t help them during the crucial matchup. Speaking to reporters Wednesday after practice, Thompson seemed to slyly, shadyly agree.

“I don’t think we’re focusing on that too much, to be honest,” Thompson said when asked if Golden State benefited from the Celtics’ lost composure. “We have a next-play mentality. We only worry about getting a good shot in those moments, not what the other team is talking about.

The Celtics were visibly frustrated in Game 5 when the umpires quickly called them out for numerous fouls as the lead kept slipping away. Boston coach Ime Udoka said they argued “too much” with officials during the game.

But Monday wasn’t the first time the Celtics expressed displeasure at entering the Finals. After Golden State won Boston’s Game 2 in front of a roaring crowd at the Chase Center, Jaylen Brown said the Celtics fell victim to “some home cooking” from umpires.

Thompson believes that in basketball, let alone in the finals, there isn’t enough time to focus on the officials.

“Basketball is a very continuous game,” he said. “If you’re out there talking to the officers all night, you might be getting in your own way.”

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The Celtics should perhaps take Thompson’s comment as a warning as they head into Game 6.

Because after taking a three-game-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series, Thompson and the Warriors are hoping to put the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the Celtics’ way by finishing the finals at TD Garden Thursday.

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