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The Golden State Warriors lost to the Boston Celtics 120-108 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, and Stephen Curry commented Saturday about the team’s reaction after a disastrous fourth quarter.
“The locker room after Game 1 was rough,” Curry told reporters. “We all know the opportunity we let slip away.”
Golden State entered the fourth quarter with a 12-point lead, but the Celtics stormed back with brilliant performances from Al Horford and Jaylen Brown to outscore the Warriors 40-16.
That said, the Warriors are looking forward to Sunday’s Game 2. Curry added that the team isn’t panicking and knows what it needs to do before the series shifts to Boston.
“We have to come out with a sense of desperation in the first quarter,” Curry told reporters.
Curry’s comments echoed what Draymond Green told reporters following Game 1.
“They stayed within striking distance, and they made shots late,” Green said. “We’ll be fine. We’ll figure out the ways we can stop them from getting those threes and take them away. But I don’t think it was a rhythm thing. We pretty much dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes, so we’ll be fine.”
The Celtics made 21 of 41 three-pointers (51.2 percent). Horford made six of his eight three-point attempts, while Marcus Smart made four of seven and Derrick White made five of eight off the bench.
Entering Game 1, White was shooting just 27.6 percent from distance this postseason, while Smart was making 33.0 percent of his shots from deep. Horford had sunk 43.2 percent of his threes.
While it’s probably safe to say the Celtics won’t be as effective in every game, Golden State still needs to do a better job of defending those shots since a large portion of Boston’s three-pointers were uncontested or minimally contested Thursday.
That said, the Celtics are arguably the best team the Warriors have faced this postseason. Boston’s identity has been to punch back when it’s down and never give up. Golden State hasn’t faced that moxie, dominating the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks en route to the Finals.
Still, with Curry, Green and Klay Thompson, who have won three NBA titles with Golden State, the Warriors are well equipped.
Game 2 is set for 8 ET Sunday night at the Chase Center.