Given everything the Golden State Warriors have accomplished this season, it’s probably unfair to consider them a failure if they’re unable to top the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA title.

But, according to Klay Thompson, that will be exactly the case if the Dubs lose Game 7 at Oracle.

From ASAP Sports:

Q. After winning 73 games and being up 3-1 in this series, will it be a failed season if you do not win Game 7?
Klay Thompson: 100%. I thought that was a trick question at first. We expected to win the NBA Championship coming into the season. It’s either win the whole thing or bust for us. I mean, it’s no fun getting second place. So it would be a great season, but at the same time to us, the players, we’re so competitive, we’d feel like we failed. So that’s all right. A lot at stake, but that’s when we’re going to rise up and be at our best.

Klay Thompson

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As the reporter asking the question noted, it would be especially disappointing for the Warriors if they lose given that they had a 3-1 lead in the series. As you know, Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5, and the Cavs haven’t looked back since.

Despite coming up short in the last two games, Thompson remains confident as Golden State heads back home for what will surely be an epic Game 7.

We need our crowd to be there on Sunday, and I expect them to show up, being loud early, play off them. And just play with aggression. I mean, we’re going to miss shots, we’re going to have defensive lapses, hopefully not very many. But if we play with great effort and exceed theirs at home, which there’s no excuse, we should do, we’ll be in a great position to win.

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