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Klay getting '2015 vibes' after Dubs' Game 3 loss to Celtics originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
As dire as the Warriors' situation seems after their 116-100 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals on Wednesday night, Golden State is in familiar territory.
Having advanced to the Finals in six of the last eight seasons, the Warriors have experienced just about every scenario imaginable, including being down two games to one with a crucial Game 4 on the road coming up.
When asked by NBC Sports Bay Area's Dalton Johnson about why the Warriors have been so good in the third quarters against the Celtics but then get outplayed in the fourth quarters, Klay Thompson harkened back to the team's first championship run.
"I think we're making more shots in the third and they're making more shots in the fourth," Thompson said. "I don't know. I have to watch the film. But we're not going to overreact. We've been in this situation before. Getting big 2015 vibes."
Back in the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the two teams split the first two games at Oracle Arena in Oakland. When the series shifted to the then-Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs won Game 3 to take a two-games-to-one lead.
But that's when the series turned as Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the pivotal starting lineup change, swapping Andre Iguodala in for Andrew Bogut. Golden State rattled off three straight wins, capturing the organization's first NBA title in 40 years with a Game 6 win on the Cavs' home floor.
While Steph Curry doesn't see the similarities between the 2015 Cavs and the 2022 Celtics, he understands where Thompson was coming from with those comments.
"Nothing specific, just that the situation is what it is," Curry told reporters after the loss Wednesday night. "We're on the road in a must-win game, Game 4. We had a must-win after a tough-on in Game 1 and we got Game 2. So the flow, we still feel like we can obviously win the series and we've got to come out with the right intensity and focus in Game 4. But to Klay's point, it does help that we've been through a little bit of everything over these last eight years and can draw on that experience of showing up when you need to to stay in the series."
First things first for Thompson, Curry and the Warriors is winning Game 4 on Friday night at TD Garden. They have won at least one road game in an NBA record 26 consecutive series and keeping that streak alive would send the Finals back to the Bay Area tied two-games-apiece.
If history were to repeat itself, Thompson and the Warriors will be celebrating in Boston after Game 6 next Thursday.
But unlike the 2015 Finals when the Cavs were the ones dealing with injuries (Kevin Love missed the entire series and Kyrie Irving was injured at the end of Game 1), it's the Warriors who are battling injuries, with the latest and possibly biggest coming to Curry, who injured his left foot late in Game 3 when Celtics big man Al Horford landed on him during a scramble for a loose ball.
For the Warriors to win three straight games against a hungry Celtics team, they are going to need Curry to play through pain and for Thompson to replicate his 25-point Game 3 performance the rest of the way.
If not, this could be more like the 2019 Finals where the Warriors get one more game but ultimately lose four games to two.