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A loss in Game 1 of the Finals despite 34 points from Stephen Curry. This observation can apply both to Golden State in the 2019 Finals against Toronto and now to the 2022 edition against Boston.
Except, three years ago, Stephen Curry and his band started the Finals in Canada. There he lost at home and it was the first time that in four Finals against the Cavaliers (2015-2018), the Warriors had never lost the first game at home.
In addition, this loss to the Celtics is also the first at the Chase Center in these 2022 playoffs, after nine straight wins in the first three rounds.
“In the past, we have always won an away game”
It is, therefore, a small event that Draymond Green wanted to quickly dismiss, downplaying it.
“It’s going to be fine. Our confidence is not affected at all.”declares the interior at a press conference. “You always have to accept the challenge, so that nothing changes. In any case, even if we win all the games at home, we want to win once away. And in the past, we always won an away game. So there is no reason to panic. The first team to win four games wins, not the team that takes the first game. »
After a controlled conference final from start to finish against the Mavericks and several byes waiting for their opponent, plus a fifteen-point lead in Game 1, were the Warriors enough, despite their experience? Did they lack seriousness and concentration to approach the end of the game?
“I didn’t see any lack of concentration,” Draymond Green replies. “We didn’t drop a 15-point lead because of a lack of concentration. It’s a great team up front, who had a great race. We couldn’t stop the bleeding in time. We have no margin for error during the Finals. This team needs to understand that. When we get to this level of the season, the margin doesn’t exist anymore, for neither team. There are two great teams and the one who makes the fewest mistakes wins the game. The Celtics did that. They scored 21 points on our 14 turnovers. We scored 10 points on the 13 possessions they blew. »
“Obviously we are going to play Game 2 with a sense of urgency.”
For his part, Steve Kerr also wanted to be reassuring, taking the same speech as his player.
“Obviously everyone is disappointed, we wanted this first round”the coach concedes. “We had the opportunities, and still twelve points ahead in the fourth quarter. But it is not a seven-game series by chance. We will look at the photos. It’s just one game, so let’s go to the next one. Boston played well in the final act and deserved the win. »
However, is it any different now being behind for this team accustomed to taking control of the playoffs right away?
” Yes of course “, confirms Steve Kerr. “When you win Game 1 at home, there’s a sense of comfort. So we have an idea of his opponent and adjust it. There, it’s a different feeling. We’re obviously going to play Game 2 with a sense of urgency. We already knew that, we already won series after losing the first game. We won an away game for I don’t know how many series in a row (26, NBA record). We know we always have to do it to win a series in the playoffs. »
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