OAKLAND -- After a day to deal with the emotional pain, Klay Thompson had his feet back under him Monday and was looking forward to redemption Wednesday night when the Warriors host the Atlanta Hawks.

Without much doubt, the second-year guard had his most nightmarish game as a pro in a 107-101 double overtime loss to Denver on Saturday night. Thompson missed two free throws that probably would have sealed a victory late in the first overtime, and he clearly allowed it to affect him for the rest of the game.

He let Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari blow by him for a game-tying dunk even though the Warriors had a foul to give, then missed an ill-advised 3-point shot with Golden State trailing by two in the second overtime with 15 seconds left on the shot clock and more than 35 seconds on the game clock.

Afterward, Thompson appeared to have tears in his eyes as he bypassed media requests and left the locker room, still wearing his jersey.

"I left the locker room and went into the chapel for a while," Thompson said Monday after the team's first practice since Saturday. "I just wanted to be alone and collect my thoughts because I was really disappointed with myself. I let my competitive edge and my emotions get the best of me in that situation. But I think anyone would."

He said talking to members of his family and just generally getting away from thinking about basketball Sunday made him feel better.

"You're going to have bad games, and you're going to have a lot of great ones, so you can't dwell on it," Thompson said. "It's going to sting for a couple days, but the best thing to do after a bad game is learn from it. I'm 80 games into my career -- actually, 70-something -- and I was bound to make some mistakes, but it's not going to happen again."

Thompson played 55 minutes in the loss because other players, notably guard Stephen Curry, were in foul trouble. But Thompson wouldn't blame his late-game mistakes on fatigue. He said he relishes coming up with the big plays at the end of games, and missing those two free throws shook him.

"I always want to be in that moment -- any passionate player does," he said. "Both free throws felt good, and I made a mistake after that and didn't foul Gallinari when he drove the basket. So like I said, I have to learn from it. It's better that this happened in the seventh game than the 77th game, so I'm going to come out and play really hard Wednesday night and try to make up for it."

Thompson, nearly an 85 percent shooter from the line in his brief pro career, said he probably had situations in the past where he's missed a key free throw but couldn't remember a specific one. He did recall a similar awful moment when he was playing at Washington State.

"I vividly remember when we played Stanford and I forgot to switch on a screen and they hit a game-winning shot," he said. "So I learned from it then, and I'm going to learn from this now. The best thing you can do is not hang your head for a couple of days. I know my shots are going to start going in, and as long as I play good defense, I feel like everything else will take care of itself."

Coach Mark Jackson seemed somewhat pleased that Thompson had taken the loss so hard and put so much blame on himself.

"To me, it's great," Jackson said. "If I'm a fan, I think it's great. He cares. Give me a guy that cares. The ones that will make mistakes, shower, sing songs, go out to eat and not let it bother them are the ones who get you fired and get you a lot of losses on your record. He cares, it bothers him and it should.

"I'm not worried about Klay," Jackson added. "He wants to be great, he works his tail off, he continues to improve. He's a guy who's started less than 40 games in his career. I'm not going to cosign on his mistakes, but it's part of the growing process."

  • Curry was suffering from flu-like symptoms that have been going around the Warriors facility and did not practice Monday. Jackson said he expects Curry to bounce back and be ready for Wednesday's game.

  • Jackson said he has been encouraged by the play of center Andris Biedrins, who was been pretty much an outcast the past two seasons because of injuries and generally poor play.

    "I've said it all along, he's a very good post defender, and he's a very good pick-and-roll defender," Jackson said. "His record shows he's a very good rebounder. I have no problem at all putting him in the ballgame. The way he's playing, he's certainly demanding more minutes. It's great to see."