Having held the position several times before, Curry hopes to build on that past experience.
“Fortunately, I think having been (in closing matches) six times, having been in many different types of closing opportunities, you just understand what the nerves are like,” he told the media. before game 6.
“You have to remember that as much as you can before the game starts. At the end of the day, once you go out, you just have to be in the moment. You have to be there as much as possible, don’t worry about the consequences. of a victory or a defeat, the only opportunity you have is that of 48 minutes.
“The more you can trick your mind into being in the moment and staying there, that’s the best advice I can give anyone in this situation, because it’s probably going to be the toughest game you’ve ever played in your game. career because the stakes are.”
For Thompson, it would complete a remarkable comeback after back-to-back devastating injuries, forcing him to miss back-to-back seasons.
During the Warriors’ dominant run for the past decade, Thompson earned himself the nickname “Game 6 Klay” for his explosive play in Game 6 of the playoff series, and it’s something he hopes to exploit Thursday evening.
“It’s obviously a nickname I’ve earned and I want to live up to it,” Thompson told reporters.
“At the same time, I don’t want to go out there and play hero ball. I’m just going to be in there and be myself, do what I’ve been doing the last few games. I know that will allow us to to succeed.”
“We are not afraid”
While the pressure of a closing game in a playoff series is extreme for the Celtics, the team has shown remarkable courage in high-pressure scenarios thus far.
Until their loss in Game 5 in the Finals, they were undefeated in post-season games after a loss. They had two win-or-go games at home against the Milwaukee Bucks and a Game 7 against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
And this run has been built on toughness and determination to stay the course and striker Jaylen Brown says despite the pressure they “are not scared”.
“We don’t fear the Golden State Warriors,” Brown told reporters. “We want to go out and play the best version of basketball that we can.
“We know they’re a good team there. We know they’ve done it before. But we have every confidence in ourselves. We’re going to go out and leave everything there. That’s the intention. same.”
When Game 6 kicks off Thursday night at Boston’s TD Garden, the Celtics are hoping to feed off their rowdy home crowd to force a Game 7.
“It’s the first four. It’s not over. So until it’s over, you have a chance,” Celtics star Jayson Tatum said.
“I think having done it before should give you even more confidence than you can. Not that it will be easy or that it will be given to us, but you should be extremely confident as long as you have a chance. We have a luck tomorrow.”
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