Asked this night at the end of the defeat against the Celtics (116-100), Klay Thompson explained that the Finals of this year reminded him of those of 2015, played against the Cavaliers. It must be said that during these the Warriors were also down 2-1 after Game 3, as they are seven years later.
” We’re down 2-1 and they’re playing similarly, a lot of one-on-one, attacking into the circle, spacing the field with really good shooters, so it’s very similar “, detailed the All-Star guard, concerning the similarities that may exist between the Cavs of 2015 and the C’s of 2022. “ Of course, they also have some very good players. They don’t have LeBron James, but they have All-NBA caliber players like [Jayson] Tatum and [Jaylen] Brown knocking on the door. As we are down 2-1 in the Finals and we have already been there, we can count on our experience. »
Klay Thompson logically does not want to worry, while Golden State is nevertheless in danger in these Finals 2022. A rare but not unprecedented situation because, before this year, we remember that Steve Kerr’s men had already been led four times 2-1 in a series of playoffs…
– 2015: conference semi-final against the Grizzlies (4-2 victory)
– 2015 : Finals against the Cavaliers (4-2 victory)
– 2016: conference final against the Thunder (4-3 victory)
– 2019: Finals against the Raptors (4-2 loss)
What to propose to overthrow Boston?
Even if the contexts were relatively different in the past (especially in 2015, when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were injured at the Cavs), the Warriors have reason to hope in these Finals 2022.
Friday night’s Game 4, which will still be played in a hostile TD Garden, will therefore be of paramount importance for the “Dubs”, still undefeated after a defeat in these playoffs (five wins in five games).
” It’s nothing special, the situation is as it is “, noted his side Stephen Curry, however physically diminished. ” We are on the outside, victory will be imperative in Game 4. It was already the case after Game 1 and we took Game 2. Of course, we still feel like we can win this series. We will have to come with the right intensity and concentration in Game 4. But, to go in the direction of Klay [Thompson]it helps us to know that we have already lived a bit of everything for eight years and that we can use this experience when you need it to stay alive in a series. »
It remains to be seen whether, as in 2015, Steve Kerr will offer a new tactical adjustment to overthrow Boston. At the time, against Cleveland, the Golden State coach opted for the “small ball” by inserting Andre Iguodala in his starting lineup, instead of Andrew Bogut.
But, seven years later, “Iggy” doesn’t seem to have any more weight and the Warriors seem to have fewer weapons at their disposal to annoy these Celtics. Celtics carried by a super tandem Jayson Tatum – Jaylen Brown, who control the racket as rarely. Leaving the “Dubs” with doubts in their heads, despite their experience…
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