The Warriors are down two games to one, but Klay Thompson's confidence has not wavered.
"If we get our offense back, which we will, we're gonna win this series," Thompson told reporters after Golden State's 96-91 loss in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Through the first three games of the NBA Finals, the Warriors are averaging 99.7 points per 100 possessions.
But there's one problem: Cleveland has slowed the pace down so much that Golden State is getting only 93.74 possessions per game thus far (the Warriors led the league in pace during the regular season at 100.69 possessions per night).
The Warriors have not been able to get out in transition and get easy baskets, evident by the fact they scored just four transition points in Game 3.
"We're not gonna let this game deflate us," Thompson declared. "It was a tough-fought battle. We're figuring out what we gotta do, and we've been in this position before. Guarantee we come out Thursday, playing with a must-win attitude."
The Warriors have been in this position before, down 2-1 to Memphis. They responded by winning the next three games -- 101-84, 98-78, 108-95.
But the Grizzlies don't have LeBron James. The Cavs do.
And although LeBron is shooting just 40.2 percent from the field (18-for-38, 11-for-35, 14-for-34), he's controlling the tempo.
"They're doing a good job trapping Steph at the top of the key, but at the same time, we gotta rebound and run," Thompson said. "It's that simple. The pace we played with in the last quarter was something special, and that's the way we gotta play with from the get go. If we do that, we can't lose."
After scoring 35 combined points over the second and third quarters, the Warriors busted through for 36 points over the final 12 minutes.
What was the difference?
“We became the aggressors, just like the last few minutes of Game 2,” Stephen Curry said. “For us to win this series, we have to play that way the whole game. We have the depth. We have the talent to do it.”
In order to head back to Oakland with the series tied at two games apiece, the Warriors know what they need to do.
"We didn't expect this to be a short series, so we're in it for the long haul," Thompson said. "Our confidence is still gonna be high, and we're gonna play with the utmost urgency on Thursday."