NBA Finals

NBA Finals 2019: Golden State Warriors looking to 'respond like champions' after Game 1 loss


The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant team in the NBA over the past five years, but it was the Toronto Raptors who were the frontrunners during Game 1.

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Toronto didn't show any signs of nerves playing in their first ever game in the NBA Finals, while the Warriors looked out of rhythm on both ends of the floor throughout the game.

Both the offense and defense showed signs off falling apart, but for the bulk of the contest the Warriors remained within arms reach.

Coach Steve Kerr was straightforward when asked what went wrong during the opening game of the Finals series.

"There defense was great and it wasn't our best night, but we just got out played. Simple as that, move on to the next one," Kerr said.

The players weren't happy with how the contest unfolded, but they're all confident the team will bounce back when Game 2 gets underway.

"We'll step up to the challenge on Monday. We're not very familiar with this team but that's no excuse, still got to come out here and our goal is to get one," Klay Thompson said.

"It's still on the table for us and I know we'll respond like the champions we are."

Draymond Green knows the Warriors can't afford to be going home and finding themself in an 0-2 hole, but he likes the signs he's seen.

"At the end of the day you got to come on the road and win one. So that's still the mission, we got to win one game on the road and I like where we are," Green said.

"We didn't play very well tonight at all and we still had a chance the entire game. But we can still play better and I know we will."

Despite being thrown out of their rhythym by the Raptors, Steph Curry likes the vibe within the team as they prepare for Game 2.

"We're down 0-1 but it's not the end of the world. New experiences for us all the way through, but we've proven with our resiliency and ability to win games that we need to and answer the bell and learn from nights like this," Curry said.

"I like the vibe. I says a lot but I like the vibe that we have in the locker room in terms of everybody focusing on what they need to do differently and the overall energy bump that we need to have and then go steal Game 2."

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