CLEVELAND -- Stephen Curry expressed firm belief Friday afternoon that the substandard performance the Warriors delivered in Game 3 of the NBA Finals will not be repeated Friday night in Game 4.
“We’re locked in and focused,” Curry said after shootaround. “We had a good shootaround and a good practice and film session (Thursday). I think we’re mentally ready for the challenge tonight.
“It’s a lot of good talk, and we’ve got to go out and execute it. That’s the difference. Like Draymond (Green) said, since Game 3 we’ve just got to play harder. And when you play harder, usually you’re in positions to use our talent and skills better than we were able to in Game 3.”
Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr also expressed confidence that the team will be ready from the opening tip, it won’t take long for him to get confirmation if Game 3 was any indication.
“The first possession, we won the tip,” Kerr said. “They picked us up at halfcourt, forced us off the post and we ran our entire possession beyond the 3-point line. And then at the other end, we did the opposite defensively. We were 10 feet off of them and they ran their entire possession underneath the free throw line.”
Cleveland raced out to a 9-0 lead. The Warriors spent the entire game playing from behind and never got closer than seven, as the Cavs avoided facing the brink of elimination. The first minute was, in Kerr’s mind, a snapshot of the evening.
“That’s all you need to know,” Kerr summarized. “Two possessions, watch the tape and you might as well turn the rest of the game off.”