The Golden State Warriors suffered a tight loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday but Stephen Curry underlined that his team will be ready for the do-or-die game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Lakers star LeBron James hit a clutch three over Curry with just less than one minute to go to give the Lakers a 103-100 win.
"We'll be ready," Warriors star Curry said after the game, per ESPN. "Right now it sucks. We played pretty well tonight. Missed this type of environment. It was a lot of fun -- high intensity, high competitive level.
Proud of everybody that set foot on the floor tonight. ... They made a run in the third quarter, we turned the ball over and changed the game. We still gave ourselves a chance to win." The Warriors were up by 13 at halftime but the Lakers stormed back in the second half.
"We knew they were going to come out," Kerr said of the Lakers. "We talked about it at halftime. They're a great team, they're going to make a run. We got away from ourselves, though. I didn't even think that our turnovers were forced.
I thought we just made careless decisions with the ball, and that's what turned the game. "But love the way our guys responded in the fourth coming back to make big plays and take the lead and give ourselves a chance to win, but we just couldn't quite pull it off."
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"We've had to do it the last 20 games, so it's no different," Curry said, while discussing why he believes the group will be able to bounce back. "It is a win-or-go-home scenario, but we've had a high confidence and put together a string of wins and had a tough loss and had to bounce back, so we've been there.
"We're obviously very familiar with Memphis and understanding what it's going to take to beat those guys again. ... We're a good team right now that knows how to compete and carry that same identity into Friday and come out swinging."
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr believes in the experience of his group. "Steph, Draymond [Green], [Kevon Looney], they've been in the playoffs year after year," Kerr said. "This is what the playoffs are about.
Every game is hugely emotional. And you always have to respond one way or the other. Whether you're coming off a win, or you're coming off a loss, it's all about just leaving that one behind and getting ready for the next one."