Memphis – The Golden State Warriors were expecting a physical fight in the second game of the second round of the NBA playoff series against the Memphis Grizzly. But losing that game 106-101 and losing a favorite defender for a broken elbow? The events they did not expect.
After the game he created a combination of emotions – anger, frustration, frustration.
Still, point guard Steph Curry, the team’s emotional center, suggested several reasons why Golden State was not going to panic.
“It will be a long three days with this feeling, but we understand what we have to do,” he said.
And also: “We’ve been to a lot of different series that have gone through a lot of twists and turns.”
Later: “A lot of trouble, a lot of adrenaline and emotions. We just have to win four games somehow.
The loss on Tuesday night showed a challenge to the emotional balance of which the warriors are proud. When they try to win another championship, they will finally play in the high stakes games after a two-year post-season drought. This is accompanied by the potential for the peaks, such as their emotional 1-point win over the Grizzlies 1, but also down, just as they felt after losing on Tuesday. The series, which ended in a 1-1 draw, will continue into the 3rd game in San Francisco on Saturday.
“Everyone is oppressed,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr. “But this is a playoffs, so everyone will take a shower. We get on the plane and go home. We are in a good place.”
In the two years that Golden State missed the playoffs, those players who went through the championship years were more interested in the thrill of the playoffs.
“I think it’s a bit like a drug,” said Ron Adams, an assistant coach who has worked with the team since 2014.
Only six players left from the last NBA Finals in 2019, but they are back in the playoffs with a deeper sense of their emotions.
“I was excited after the first game because it was a very difficult game, but as soon as I got back to the hotel, the adrenaline ran out and I realized it was just one game and this was a marathon,” said defender Clay Thompson, 32. Said. “For me, I think I’m a lot more focused than we used to be.”
He also believes that some things have not changed and should not change.
“I’ve had the biggest fights with Drake, and he’s obeying those moments, he’s obeying the villain,” Thompson said of forward Draymond Green. “We need it. He really forces us to go and without him we are not warriors.
On Tuesday morning, Kerr said Golden State was expecting Game 2 to be the most physical game the team has played in the entire season.
This spoiled their emotions, hostile grizzly fans lifted the home team. Memphis defender Ja Morant scored 47 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies took advantage of Golden State’s errors late. But the opening minutes created a tense tone.
Grizzly forward Dillon Brooks was sent off less than three minutes into the game after receiving a rough-and-tumble after Gary knocked out Peyton II in the back when Peyton was in the air trying to make a basket. Peyton broke his elbow when he landed awkwardly.
“I do not know if it was intentional, but it was dirty,” Kerr said, later accusing Brooks of endangering Peyton’s career.
Green also left the game in the first quarter after Xavier Tillman inadvertently hit his elbow in the face. Hearing the voices of the fans, Green raised his middle fingers towards the fans as he left the pitch to place the stitches above his right eye.
“It was very good to get rid of them,” said Green, who answered other questions about the night with cut-out suggestions. “Are you going to kiss someone who hit you in the eye with an elbow and blood on your face?” I could have had a concussion or something. So if they are so disgusting, I can be disgusting too. I guess the fun happened because they know you will be fined. Great. I get $ 25 million a year. I have to be fine. “
Green and Grizzly fans were already in a bad relationship with the game. He was sent off for his first game on the Memphis forward after a serious foul on Brandon Clark. On Tuesday, Green returned to play early in the second quarter with his right eye almost swollen and closed.
All this time, Golden State was trying to figure out how to recover from Grizzly’s hot start and Peyton’s injury.
“It was 8-0 at the time, so I was trying to get the game in order,” Karim said. “This game is happening. He is angry, you have a reaction, you understand, there are 45 minutes left before the game. You have to establish yourself emotionally. We worked very well until the fourth quarter.”
It was a noticeable change from Golden State behavior after winning the first game, but this change is typical in the playoff series, especially as they get closer to the final.
The brand’s signature emotion is happiness. The last time Golden State was promoted to the playoffs as the games became more crucial and challenging, those around it saw it more and more.
“Just a simple phrase, ‘You must love’; “I’ve heard it said several times,” said Bruce Fraser, assistant coach at the door, who worked closely with Kari on Tuesday morning. You can feel his energy. He walks around with energy. I know him so well that I can hardly describe it because I just feel it. “
The ability to avoid emotional tax losses, which has been part of Golden State’s success in the past.
On Tuesday morning, Thompson spoke not only about his efforts to stay calm in exciting moments, but also about his improved ability not to worry about overly negative moments. He said he loved playing in any game he could, given that he had not been in the sport for two years as he recovered from two leg injuries.
He also spoke of his belief that Golden State could handle anything because during the years of playing Cari and Greene they, he said, had “moved everything”.
He recalled the playoff series with the Grizzlies in 2015 and how aggressively the Memphis team played. Golden State also lost the second game of this series before winning the first championship on the way to Thompson, Door and Green. This does not mean that the situations are identical. In 2015, Golden State was the leader of the Western Conference, while Memphis was fifth. The Grizzlies had the second-best record in the NBA this season, while Golden State was third.
However, this kind of experience contributes to the stability of emotions.
After Tuesday’s game, Karim spoke to reporters before changing his playing uniform. Still, he already seemed to be beyond the emotion of the game. He showed a cerebral degree of leadership over the rest of his team.
“It’s in our DNA,” Carrie said when asked how Golden State recovered from that loss. “We know what we have to do.”