SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — When Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Emotional, Everything teammate Drummond Green began their ascent of the Golden State nearly a decade ago, they were still relatively young and each established themselves in their careers. did.
At different stages of their respective basketball journeys and after all these years they now live in, they are again closing in on another championship together that many helped create a warrior dynasty. Their chance to win a fourth title comes Thursday night in Boston, where the Warriors take a 3-2 NBA Finals lead in Game 6 against the Celtics.
The Splash Brothers and Green now have 20 wins together in the Finals, the second most wins for any NBA trio since 1970. They are approached by the company of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper, who won 22 final games with the Lakers. ,
Monday’s 104-94 game with 5 winsThe Golden State stars topped the 19 wins with the Spurs notched by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
“We want to make another show for it and another win, and really embrace what we’ve achieved to be back on this stage,” Curry said after the game, when he went for 9 on 3-pointers. 0 gone To snap a record 233-game streak, making at least one.
“Obviously you have a lot of chances by reaching six finals. You enjoy each and every one of them. So this series is no different. And one more win, just need to figure out a way to accomplish this. ,
Coach Steve Kerr has been here to appear in six NBA Finals in eight years, including five straight from 2015–19.
They’ve all been through so much in recent seasons—particularly two devastating injuries to Thompson—that the occasion is being particularly cherished.
“It is very exciting to be a part of the final again. I think this whole season has led like this, a lot of personal stories, people getting better, people getting healthier,” Kerr said. “Here we are, we have a chance. We have two cracks in getting a win, but we also know how difficult it is going to be.
This is a long time ago, yet the leaders of the three Warriors point to the early times that are crucial in building the experience needed to bring the respectability back to the franchise that helps them now in the big post-season phase. . Perspective has also been gained by winning three championships and losing twice.
Curry and Green are now fathers who put an end to practice and prefer to go home immediately for family time, while Thompson has been sidelined for more than 2 1/2 years following surgery on his left knee. There is a greater appreciation for everything on and off the court. and the right Achilles tendon.
“Now to be here again, I wouldn’t change anything,” Thompson said. “I’m so grateful and I wouldn’t change a thing because of everything I’ve done up to that point.”
Before Thompson returned at long last in January, he offered a “championship or bust” pledge for the season, which he hopes to deliver this week.
These three 30-somethings are driving this remarkable postseason with more gratitude and realizing how hard it is to get here. That’s what some disappointing seasons do after so many wins.
Even with all the differences and new faces from previous championship teams, Curry, Greene and Thompson were determined to maintain the belief that everything would work to create a more winning roster.
Green said, “So just to really embrace and appreciate each process, because every year is its own year, it’s own journey, and appreciate that journey and really go through it. ” “Not doing everything you can to get around it is like, ‘Oh, man, we’ll be back there.’ Just appreciating that journey and really putting yourself in it and going through it – feeling the ups and downs, and then eventually it takes some extreme competitors.”
While all three had stalwarts like Andre Iguodala – he’s still around – and the experience Shawn Livingston gained along the way, he is now in Curry, Green and Thompson rookie Jonathan Kuminga, Jordan Poole and even in the finals. The first-timer is providing guidance with youngsters like Andrew. Wiggins.
Green thinks things are different after joining the Warriors in 2012 as a 35th-placed second-round draft pick out of Michigan State. He tries to understand the young players to the pressures that they feel.
“You learn their generation in the end because you can’t lead them in the same way you can lead someone who belongs to our generation,” he said. “You figure out what buttons to press, and how you get to them, how to treat them, and what’s the best way. … I learned to believe or see him more than a son or a brother, and It is all part of development.
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