” We will finish this series in Boston. So said Steve Kerr, in the Warriors locker room, at the end of Game 5 won by the Californians. The latter have no intention of missing their first chance to win a fourth round, synonymous with the NBA title.
Despite this displayed confidence, linked to having won the last two matches, the Warriors are aware of the difficulty of the task. ” These are definitely tough matches. This is the mindset we must have: a match to end a series is probably the most difficult to play “, believes Andre Iguodala.
It must be said that Golden State, even if Steve Kerr rejects the idea of a ” Red string in the matter, begins to have experience in such a situation in these playoffs. Three times, once in each round, they indeed fried a cartridge when concluding a series: Game 4 lost in Denver, then Game 5 lost (very, very largely) in Memphis, Game 4 also lost in Dallas.
In all three cases, the Warriors ensured their qualification during the following meeting, at home. We recall that the Nuggets and the Mavs had played this fourth game first in order to avoid the “sweep”. The Celtics, they will play so as not to see the title escape them.
” We know they will play with a sense of desperation. So for us to be able to do the same or more, we will have to provide our biggest effort of the year “Judge Klay Thompson.
81% chance of winning the title
The latter adds: We discussed it, and II don’t think we think too much about the title. We are in the present moment. It’s not doing yourself a favor to think of things that don’t yet exist. But I can tell you: we are all ready for this opportunity. »
The Warriors remain in a relatively comfortable situation in any case since in 81% of cases, the team that leads 3-2 in the final wins the title (39-9).
” Fortunately, after having been in the final six times, having experienced many different opportunities to conclude, we know what it is nervous level. We can count on this experience, that’s for sure “Judge Stephen Curry, whose training had missed the opportunity to conclude in 2017 on the floor of the Cavs, before winning in Game 5.
The leader therefore makes the distinction between completing a series of classic playoffs and an NBA final. ” In the end, once on the floor, you have to be as much as possible in the present moment, not to worry about the consequences of a victory or a defeat. The only opportunity we have is these 48 minutes. The best advice I can give someone in this situation is to stay in the moment, because it will be the most difficult match you have ever played in your career, considering the stakes. »
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