Golden State is approaching the NBA Finals with complete confidence. Not only will the Warriors have played less than their opponents with a streak dispatch quickly, except against Memphis, but they will also benefit from a broader respite as their final duel approaches.
While the Celtics and the Heat dealt a heavy blow in Game 7 that will deliver on all its promises, Steve Kerr’s troops, for their part, celebrated their second straight day of rest. An opportunity for physical and mental renewal.
“We gave the players two days off in a row, which is almost unheard of, in the playoffs or even just in the regular season. It was a great opportunity to be able to decompress”He said yesterday. “We won’t have formal training until tomorrow. This will be the first day we look at our opponent. I’ve said it many times, when you play the finals it’s about a two-month trip full of stress and fatigue, so if you can take advantage of a little break, it helps.” Extremely “.
Bless the bread for the wounded
Sunday’s meeting above all made it possible to extract some final attention in light of the upcoming deadline. But as for Kevin Looney, the players must remain vigilant and not allow themselves to be lulled by this little pit after burning all season nonstop.
“Having two days of rest and about a week between two sets is a chance for everyone to get their minds back in place and focus and get their bodies back to standard. But there are also some drawbacks like match speed and match intensity. You have to make sure you do everything you normally do to stay alert.” .He remembers.
This fracture is equally useful for injured players, who have an additional period of time to recover. This is the case of Andre Iguodala (neck), Gary Payton II (elbow), and Otto Porter Jr (foot) who will be gradually reintegrating into training for the week in hopes of being ready for the first game, on Thursday.
long time at home
On top of that, the Warriors will go into these finals with an advantage on their home ground, again an important advantage for Steve Kerr who summed it up as follows: “Sleeping in our beds for 11 days helps us a lot.”
As a result, his team will actually stay at home until Wednesday, June 8, when Golden State’s first away game in the Finals will be played.
“It’s always so special to play at home. Being able to follow your routine, sleep in your bed, get ready at home and do the things you’re used to is much more comfortable. It’s much easier to get rid of theater phobia at home, when the audience supports you.”Added Kevin Looney.
All that’s left now is to get the best start by winning the first two games at Chase Center, even if the 2021 finals remind us that they don’t guarantee anything for the future.
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