Among the teams for which it is difficult to imagine the course in the playoffs, the Warriors occupy a favorite place. After two years of absence in the finals, the Californians return to the playoffs with expectations that no longer have much to compare with their great time: the five consecutive Finals, from 2015 to 2019, marked by three titles (2015, 2017 and 2018 ) .
A simple first round, against the Nuggets? So one second? Or even a conference final? ” No one imagines us going to the West, at least our families “, This is how Stephen Curry showswho participated in yesterday’s training, for his return. “What suits us. It’s just about winning four games, and for that we have a certain game plan that we will try to execute on Saturday. »
The double MVP and his family have clearly changed their perspective. Instead of projecting themselves into a new NBA Finals like they have in the past, they now want to avoid projecting themselves.
A feeling confirmed by Steve Kerr: “ I think four years ago I expected to win a title. But now we are a different team. I have no expectations. I know I don’t go into the playoffs saying to myself, ‘Okay, we’re going to do this or that.’ I’m like, ‘How can we beat Denver on Saturday?’ It’s a really nice thing. Maybe not as much as having one of the best teams ever assembled. But this is a completely different and unique challenge. »
Kevin Durant is gone, while the figures of that glorious era – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala – are now over 32 years old. This year, these veterans will embark on an adventure with a host of players who are much younger (Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II, Jonathan Kuminga) or haven’t had as much playoff experience (Nemanja Bjelica and Otto Porter Jr.).
Here’s why Klay Thompson took the liberty of showing youngsters pictures of the 2016 Warriors who had broken the record for wins (73) in the regular season before an exceptional run in the playoffs: a win against the Thunder in the Conference Finals, after losing 3-1, before an NBA Finals loss to the Cavaliers after leading 3-1 at his turn. Story to make it clear to today’s “baby warriors” that despite a favorite status, nothing is certain.
« I still have the same expectations as before, and that is to win a title.book on its side the back. “That is what awaits us. We know how difficult it is, and yes, it is a different time, but nothing is the same. We have the opportunity in front of us, and it is a great opportunity. »
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