Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors headed to Wednesday’s play-in game with plenty of motivation, and they certainly showed that against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the first half of the contest, the Warriors made a strong statement and closed it with a 13-point lead at 55-42. Curry even made sure to give the Lakers a reminder of what he is capable of, nailing a buzzer-beating triple to end the half.
🚨STEPH AT THE BUZZER 🚨pic.twitter.com/8BHN9NLCHy
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 20, 2021
Naturally, the Warriors were ecstatic after their brilliant showing. According to Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Golden State players piled up in the locker room in excitement, especially with Stephen Curry stepping up and heating up. However, Steve Kerr apparently re-shifted the focus of his team to the game and issued a warning about the Lakers.
Kerr emphasized that they should expect a huge second-half run from the Purple and Gold. After all, that’s what champions do.
I'm told after that Steph first-half buzzer beater, there was plenty of excitement as players piled into the Warriors locker room, but after about 15 seconds Kerr re-focused the group, told them to brace for some Lakers runs in the 2nd half because 'they're a championship team'
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 20, 2021
Sure enough, if there is anyone or any team who knows what champions can do, it is Kerr and the Warriors. They have basically dominated the past decade, winning three championships in five NBA Finals appearances from 2015 to 2019.
The Warriors can never underestimate anyone. They entered the contest with the underdog mentality–which is probably why they used the “We Believe” throwback jerseys for the game–ad they should definitely keep it that way as they try to reclaim their lost glory.