Stephen Curry and the Warriors have been in the running for the championship in three of Golden State’s five previous trips to the NBA Finals during his 13-year NBA career.
Returning again and with a score of 3-2 in the Celtics series, Curry says she will draw on that experience when out on the court at Boston’s TD Garden on Thursday night.
“You just understand what nerves are,” Curry said. “After all, once you get out there, you just have to be in the moment. You need to attend as much as possible, not worry about the consequences of winning or losing. The only possibility is 48 minutes. “
The core of the Warriors, consisting of Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green, is still out of the 2015 championship. They are on the verge of capturing their fourth title in eight seasons with new additions to the floor – like Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole – who have never been in that position.
Curry’s advice to them: lie to yourself a little.
“The more you can trick your mind into being in the moment and staying there, that’s the best advice I can give anyone in this situation,” he said. “Because it’s going to be the hardest game you’ve probably ever played in your career because of what the stakes are.”
The stakes will be equally high for the Celtics, which allow the persecution demons, who have haunted them from time to time during the postseason, to prevent them from taking the lead in the 3-1 series.
Boston limited Curry to the lowest final result in Game 5, but failed to overcome 18 turns. This post-season, the Celtics dropped to 1-7, when they made 16 turns or more – and lost in games for the first time since the end of March.
But they have a chance to force the 7th game – and the chance appears in Garda, where they are 6-5 in the playoffs.
The mood for the end of training on Wednesday was free, the players were smiling and joking, raising a few throws. Celtics star Jason Tatum said the optimism stems from the team’s recent playoff history.
Boston’s path to the finals included wins in Game 7 over Milwaukee in the second round and Miami in the conference finals. The Celtics reached the final as soon as the 12th team in the history of the league, which won in a row in the 7th game in previous rounds.
“In those moments, we just answered. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I think it’s just our will to win, we’re just trying to figure it out, “Tatum said. “I think my process of thinking, like it was in that game, Game 7 vs. The Heat, was to just do whatever it takes to win.”
This is a reminder to himself and his teammates that he still has to play basketball.
“It’s the first to four. It is not over yet, ”Tatum said. “So until it’s over, you have a chance.”