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OAKLAND – The term once caused Draymond Green to lower his eyebrows, scratch his head, and question a reporter.  On November 9, Green did not exactly agree that Warrior Guard Stephen Curry reached its peak only in his ninth NBA season. However, on Friday, Green explained how the term affects the willingness of the Warriors to play their Western Conference Finals against top-seeded Houston Rockets starting in Houston on Monday.
"This year, it would have been great to get homecourt [advantage]," said Green. "Our top priority was health and trying to reach the summit at the right time."
The Warriors did not exactly reach these goals to end the regular season. They have lost 1
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Last month? In describing his team's postseason improvement, Warriors coach Steve Kerr used the same word that prompted Green to overthrow a reporter.
"We're getting the right time because our boys are really competitive and we know what's at stake," Kerr said. "They are now much more motivated than they were a month ago, it's not coaching, it's human nature and competitive desires."
The warriors are also much healthier than they were a month ago.
Kerr reported that Curry's left knee "feels better and stronger" since playing in its last four games. Curry admitted that he has benefited from the almost weeks-long break he took between Matchday 5 against New Orleans on Tuesday and Match 1 on Monday in Houston. "Better than seven [games] and two days later." And Curry was optimistic that he could "go down" against Houston after the Warriors gradually downgraded him to New Orleans in games 2 (27 minutes), 3 (29), 4 (32) and 5 (37) had.
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"Everything about my injuries has been handled correctly," Curry said. "I'm sitting here in May with hopefully eight more wins to come, I'm ready to play."
The rest of the warriors said they felt the same way.
The Warriors have Houston for the best postseason record of the NBA (8-2). The Warriors take first place on offense (110.3 points per game), third place in defense (101.6 points) and have their sales (13.4) and their fouls (18.8) reduced. Kerr also noted that the Warriors showed a more consistent effort with boxout, ball movement and
. "I tried it for two months in the regular season and they never listened to me," joked Kerr. "As the stakes get higher, they tend to listen to the coach a bit more."
As Green noted, "we play our best when our backs are against the wall." Therefore, Green maintained the confidence of the warriors in postseason responses after offering question marks in the regular season. It also helps the Warriors win two NBA titles in the last three years.
"I had no qualms, I know what this team is capable of [doing]," said Green. "Because I'm the guy in the fire, I know how everyone else feels, because I know how I feel, I know that we have mastery experience and know how to win, we know what's going to happen I have to trust to win championships, I trust in that. "
The warriors also have the players who do that. After Curry (31), Green (11), Kevin Durant (14), Klay Thompson (8) and Andre Iguodala (16) injured in the regular season, the Warriors have a single injury in Patrick McCaw (spinal crush). While the Warriors will rely heavily on their healthy All-Stars, they also have reserves that have played significant minutes (Nick Young, Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell).
"If you have a team that is as talented as we are, then you can afford to beat everyone else and still win a lot of games," Kerr said. "Teams that do not have as much talent as us do not have that luxury, but we have that luxury, we try to play all in the regular season so we can go to everyone in the playoffs, so I'm very happy with that.
The Warriors are also very pleased with how they are reaching their peak, which was not the case two years ago.
In the 2015/16 season, the Warriors outperformed the Chicago Bulls Team in 1995-96 for the NBA's best record (73-9). But this regular-season success was preceded by a post-season break-out, with Curry complications in the right knee and the Warriors squandering a 3-1 draw with Cleveland in the NBA Finals. Since then, there have been mixed reviews about whether the Warriors have used up too much energy.
"We played to win every game you should, but the result was not what you wanted," said Warriors striker Andre Iguodala. "If you take away a minute or ten seconds, there could be a different outcome, but we definitely enjoyed that season, and I would not change anything."
Will be the long-term priority of the warriors over calm in the NBA playoffs 2018 lead to a better result?
"It can sometimes work against you, it can work for you," Iguodala said. "Hopefully it can work for you in the playoffs, and historically it worked for us, it's sometimes used against you in the regular season, your output is not what others think, we try to use our experience to know We're trying to be smart about how we'll be influenced in the first two or five months in the last two months. "
So far, the Warriors have had this with a less crowded coaching room and a more dedicated team seen team in the square.
"We did everything we could with everything we're playing our best basketball," Curry said. "We can bring that momentum into the conference final against a good team from Houston who has played well all year round, that's where we want to be."
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