What Warriors said ahead of Game 2 of NBA Finals vs. Celtics

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors aren’t sweating their Game 1 loss to the Celtics that featured an epic fourth quarter collapse as they look to bounce back in Game 2 on Sunday.

Golden State has yet to lose consecutive games this postseason, but this is the first time the Warriors are trailing a series during this run.

Stephen Curry is coming off a game in which he made six 3-pointers in the first quarter to set an NBA Finals record. But his flashy opening quarter performance was overshadowed by the Celtics impressive fourth quarter comeback, during which they overcame a double digit deficit, scoring 17 unanswered points, to power past the Warriors.

Golden State is hoping to take advantage of the home-court edge in what feels like a must-win for the Warriors before the series shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4.

Here’s what the Warriors were saying after practice Saturday:

STEVE KERR

On the importance of keeping a normal approach heading into Game 2:

“The value of experience, playoff experience, you really do understand the ups and downs of a playoff series. It’s really important to turn the page one way or the other. You know, if you win and you get happy and you let your guard down, then you’re in trouble. And if you lose and you feel sorry for yourself, then you’re in trouble doing that, too.

“It’s all about how you respond. These guys are the best athletes, best competitors on earth, and a huge part of competition at the highest stage is your emotional and mental approach. That has to be consistent.”

On what he saw after watching Game 1 film:

“The film showed the good and the bad. We had some good stretches, and then obviously the fourth quarter was — as I said, it was like an avalanche. And I give Boston the credit that they deserve. They played a brilliant fourth quarter.

“But again, we let our guard down earlier in the game, and that allows guys to be more comfortable when they are taking shots. And when you get a couple of early ones that you get a really good look at it, it just makes every shot easier after that.

“It was our coverage breakdowns, personnel breakdowns earlier in the game that sort of fed into that.”

KLAY THOMPSON

On what he saw after watching Game 1 film:

“We got comfortable when we went up 15, including myself, our team, the fans. We’ve done it so many times, we probably just expect that we’re going to win.

“Then I reminded myself, the playoffs are about being uncomfortable until you complete the mission. So it was a harsh reminder, but something we all needed to go through, including myself. It’s about how we respond tomorrow, which I am very excited for.”

On what he thought of the Warriors’ defensive efforts in Game 1:

“It was great initially and then I thought it kind of withered as the game went on. We played about 40 great minutes, which will not get it done at this point in the season. We are going to play with desperation tomorrow, and I think that’s when we are at our best.”

DRAYMOND GREEN

On what the solution is to stop the Celtics:

“We have to play with more force on the defensive end. I think there were times in the game when they didn’t feel us, when you’re playing against a great team at this level at this point in the season, they have to feel you every possession.

“There were times they didn’t, and then once you get into a rhythm, due to them not feeling our pressure, then it’s tough to stop. It’s easy to go back and look at the shots in the fourth quarter and be like, man, they started hitting, but the reality is some guys got comfortable early in that game, and once you get a guy comfortable, it’s hard to break that rhythm.

“So we just have to make sure they feel us every possession.”

STEPHEN CURRY

On what Gary Payton II could bring to this series:

“He’s just a defensive menace in terms of being able to guard a lot of different positions. He gets into the ball. He makes people uncomfortable. He can disrupt a lot of different actions and different situations out there. He even has a knack on the offensive end, just being in the right place at the right time, and gives us great energy.

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