Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors, after the loss in Game 3 in Boston (116-100): “They deserved this victory. With their pressure, we felt like we were swimming against the tide most of the evening. In the first half, we didn’t defend well at all. It doesn’t come from the sequences they put in place, but they ran into us and it hurt us. Stephen? He defended like crazy and obviously there was that third quarter where he was amazing at shooting. It allowed us to get ahead but we didn’t do enough in the fourth.
Offensive rebounds killed us. They scored about 20 points on those streaks. It made the difference. As for Draymond, he will bounce back. Like always. We rely on his energy and his intelligence. His podcast? It does not bother me. We are in 2022. The world has changed. The players are part of the media now, we know that. It’s like that. Well, it’s been a tough night for all of us. There isn’t much more to say. 2-1. We have a day to prepare for match 4 and we are going back. »
Stephen Curry, Golden State guard (31 points at 12/22): ” (about his left leg injury) I’m in a bit of pain but it’ll be fine. It looks like Boston in the regular season but not as bad. I don’t think I’ll miss a game. I didn’t see the action again, I don’t know if it could have been avoided. Jaylen Brown got in some tough shots in the first quarter. We didn’t press him enough and we paid the price for it throughout the match by running after the score. We would have had to play with our third quarter intensity all the time to not have to win the game twice in a way. It helps to know that we’ve known a bit of everything in the past eight years and that we can rely on this experience to stay alive on the show. »
Draymond Green, Golden State interior (2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists): “I played like crap…. I never found my rhythm on both sides of the pitch. I was soft, that’s what’s most disappointing. We let them play too much on their strengths. We have this formula, “force them to play left hand” and I don’t think we did it this (Wednesday) evening. When you let a team get comfortable, especially at home, it becomes difficult. We fought, we took the lead briefly. But we will be better. I will be better. We have to win game 4, come back to 2-2. The crowd ? It’s not really my job to answer them. I expected that. I like that, the villain role. But I can’t say that I fed on it tonight. I didn’t actually eat much. »
Klay Thompson, Golden State guard (25 points, at 7/17): “I played better but it wasn’t enough because we lost. I’d rather put in a poor performance and get the game 2 result. It doesn’t matter how many shots you get. Only the result matters. But even if we let that one go, we have a great opportunity to equalize in the series on Friday and win away from home. We have already played in front of rude people. Afterwards, swing “damn…” with children in the audience… The high class. Nice job Boston…
I hope Steph is doing well. It is our identity and, without it, it will be very hard. We are not going to overreact. We have been in a similar situation in the past. I feel 2015 vibes. They play a bit like Cleveland. They don’t have a LeBron James but Tatum, it’s All-NBA and Brown is knocking on the door. I think we are going to deliver a big game on Friday. Yeah. »