Stephen Curry and the Warriors have participated in three of the last five Golden State NBA Finals trips to win the championship in their 13-year NBA career.
Returning again, Curry, who won the 3-2 Series lead at the Celtics, says he will rely on that experience when taking a court at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night.
“You just understand what your nerves are,” Curry said. “At the end of the day, when you get out there, you just have to be at that moment. You need to be present as much as possible without worrying about the outcome of winning or losing. The only thing you have The opportunity is that 48 minutes. “
The Warriors core of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green still remains from the 2015 Championship Run. Like Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, who haven’t been in this position before, they’re about to win their fourth title in eight seasons.
Curry’s advice to them: lie a little to yourself.
“The more you can fool your mind to stay there at that moment, the best advice I can give to anyone in that situation,” he said. “It’s probably the most difficult game I’ve ever played in my career because of what my stakes are.”
The stakes are high for the Celtics as well. The Celtics prevent the turnover demons, who have sometimes plagued them throughout the postseason, from taking the lead in the 3-1 Series in command.
Boston limited Curry to the lowest score in the Game 5 final, but was unable to overcome the 18-turnover. The Celtics fell to 1-7 this postseason after more than 16 turnovers, losing for the first time in a row since the end of March.
But they have a chance to force Round 7. Then you have a chance in the garden, which is 6-5 in the playoffs.
At the end of Wednesday’s practice session, I felt relaxed and the player was smiling and joking while making some shots. Celtics star Jayson Tatum said the optimism comes from the team’s very recent playoff history.
The road to the finals in Boston includes winning the second round of Milwaukee and the conference finals of the seventh round in Miami. The Celtics made it to the finals as the 12th team in league history to win Game 7 in a row in the previous round.
“At that moment, we just responded. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I think we’re just trying to understand it with our will to win,” Tatum said. Said. “I think my thinking process was to do whatever it took to win, just like in the heat of Round 7 of the game.”
It also reminds myself and my teammates of the fact that basketball is still there.
“It’s four from the beginning. It’s not over,” Tatam said. “Unless it’s over, you got a chance.”