Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry acknowledged that closing out the Boston Celtics won't be easy but added the Warriors know what they will need to do in Game 6. On Tuesday, the Warriors earned a 104-94 victory over the Celtics to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Tonight, the Celtics will host the Warriors in Game 6, with their eyes set on tying the series to three games apiece. "You just understand what the nerves are like," Curry said. "We understand the specifics of how we need to approach the game from a physicality perspective, our game plan adjustments from Game 5 to Game 6, understanding what the building is going to feel like, that energy, being prepared for it." The Warriors made five consecutive NBA Finals trips between 2015 and 2019.
If anyone knows what it takes to win a title, it is the Warriors.
Curry reveals his advice to the Warriors
"At the end of the day, once you get out there, you just have to be in the moment," Curry said. "You got to be present as much as possible, not worry about the consequences of a win or a loss.
The only opportunity you have is that 48 minutes. The more you can trick your mind into being in the moment and staying there, that's the best advice I can give anybody in that situation, because it's going to be the hardest game you probably ever played in your career because of what the stakes are." Reflecting on what lies ahead of the Warriors, Klay Thompson suggested the Warriors need to stay focused on the present and not think about the title yet.
"You do yourself a disservice if you think about things that don't even exist yet," Thompson said. Andre Iguodala, one of the most experienced beterans in the league, acknowledged that a lot is at stake for both the Warriors and Celtics.
"Clinching is probably the hardest game you'll play," Iguodala said. The Celtics play in front of their home fans and they will certainly give their absolute best to force a Game 7 in San Francisco. "We know [the Celtics are] going to play with a sense of desperation," Thompson said.
"So for us to match that or exceed that, it's going to take the most effort we've had to give all year."