Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said his players were “giù,” but made a point to give Boston credit.
“You want to go out and win the first one,” Kerr told the media.
“We had every opportunity, 12-point lead going into the fourth. Guys are bummed, as you would expect. But it’s a seven-game series for a reason. I think you give Boston credit. They came in and earned the win. Played a great fourth quarter. We’ll come in, watch the film and see where we can get better, e tu sai, it’s one game.”
It all started so well for the Warriors.
The team’s talisman, Stefano Curry, erupted for 21 points in the first quarter, setting a new NBA Finals record for three-pointers made in a single quarter.
Behind Curry’s red-hot shooting — he finished with a game-high 34 punti — Golden State had a 87-72 condurre con 2:10 a sinistra nel terzo quarto.
Ma allora, with its stout defense and resilient offense, the Celtics came roaring back.
Boston finished the game on a 48-18 correre — includendo il 17-0 fourth-quarter run — to stun the Warriors on their home court and take a potentially vital 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Although the loss will be a shock to the system to Golden State, history shows they don’t often let one loss turn into anything worse — the Warriors twice before lost Game 1 of a playoff series, and both times have won Game 2.
And despite the shocking nature of the result, three-time NBA champion Draymond Green stressed calm.
“It’s fine,” Green told the reporters. “You get a chance to do something else, do it in a different way, embrace the challenge.
“We’ve always embraced challenges. It’s no different. We’ll embrace this one. Quindi no, it’s not a hit to the confidence at all, not one bit. It’s just nothing to panic about.”
Gioco 2 of the NBA Finals is on Sunday at Chase Center.