Of the thousands of on-court decisions Klay Thompson has made in his career, none are as questionable as one he reportedly made watching the latest "Avengers" movie.
As part of a longer piece about Thompson's struggles in the Warriors' NBA playoff second-round series with the Houston Rockets, The Athletic's Ethan Strauss reported that "[t]here was amusement in Warriors land when, with an hour left in the film, Klay just got up and left a screening of 'Avengers: Endgame.'"
"The plot didn't interest him, not enough to demand that much time and attention," Strauss wrote.
This raises a lot of questions.
Yes, "Endgame" is a long film. At three hours and two minutes, it's the longest film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, and 22 minutes longer than the studio's similarly sprawling two-hour, 40-minute "Avengers: Infinity War" from 2018. But did Thompson not know what he was getting into?
"Endgame" represents the culmination of the 21 films that preceded it starting with "Iron Man" in 2008. If he has already seen all -- or even most -- of the MCU films by that point, what's an additional three hours? What Thompson -- a professional athlete -- does with his free time certainly looks different than what I -- a "professional" blogger -- do with mine, but the preceding 21 films make three hours a piece of cake.
But if he hasn't already seen all -- or even most -- of the movies ... then why would he watch "Endgame?" It's littered with nods that even the most die-hard Marvel fan would have trouble entirely cataloguing, while also tying up loose ends and wrapping up the story arcs of quite a few important characters. By leaving the film an hour early, Thompson missed out on all of it. That will not matter much to him if he isn't a big Marvel fan, but then why would he sit down in the theater in the first place?
It's all very confusing, and I would argue even moreso than his second-round cold streak. That's no small feat, considering the noted sharpshooter has converted on just 38.7 percent of his shots and only 30.8 percent from behind the 3-point line. But shooters slump, including ones who might or might not be dealing with an ankle injury. I'd venture a guess that not many movie-goers walked out of "Endgame" when it earned an A-plus Cinemascore.
On the bright side, at least you won't have to worry about Thompson spoiling the end of the film if you haven't seen it yet.