USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick breaks down how the Warriors seem primed for revenge in this year’s NBA Finals against the Cavaliers.
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OAKLAND – Stephen Curry admitted Wednesday the pain of last season’s defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers will be his primary driving force going into the NBA Finals.
Curry’s Golden State Warriors are favorites to atone for the disappointment of throwing away a 3-1 lead 12 months ago, with Game 1 starting Thursday evening at Oracle Arena.
It is the third time in a row the teams have met in the Finals, but Curry struggles to shake his mind from the most recent missed opportunity, even with the Warriors having won the title in 2015.
“It has been a great motivating factor,” Curry said. “Great memories of (2015) and terrible memories of last year, but they are both lessons that you can learn going into this series.
“I don’t want to feel what I felt last year and I am going to do everything in my power to attack every game with that kind of perspective.”
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Curry admitted that missing out on back-to-back championships after LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sparked a spectacular Cavs comeback had brought the Warriors closer together and helped produce another remarkable regular season, with a record of 67-15.
“We are who we are,” Curry added. “The same bunch of guys that lived by that ‘just us’ mentality (last time). We are all together. We each have each other’s backs. Out there on the floor that is how we have to play. It has been that way for years and as long as I am here and most of the core (are here) that won’t change.
“Knowing what it takes to win, how important every possession is. Focusing on the details, especially against the same team. Just having a better familiarity for how we are going to be successful.”