Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted having a chance to rest ahead of the NBA Finals is not a common thing and he is happy that his players were able to relax a bit ahead of the Boston Celtics series. Last Thursday, the Warriors closed out the Dallas Mavericks series in five games.
On the other side, the Celtics needed seven games to beat the Miami Heat. On Thursday night, the well-rested Warriors host the Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. "We gave our guys two straight days off, which is almost unheard of, in playoffs or even just regular season," Kerr said, per ESPN.
"So it was a great chance to decompress the last couple of days. We won't have a formal practice until tomorrow. It'll be the first day we'll build on our opponent. So I've said it many times: You go to the Finals, it's almost a two-month journey filled with stress and fatigue, so if you can build a little break, it's very meaningful."
Kerr: The home court advantage proving to be the key
The Warriors were hampered by inuries toward the end of the regular season but they have managed to stay healthy when it matters the most - in the playoffs.
"The last few weeks of the season, we were struggling to the finish line with the injuries to Draymond [Green] and Steph [Curry] and we had a couple of tough stretches there. Fortunately, we had put a bunch of wins in the bank early that gave us a cushion that we needed," Kerr said.
"We were very conscious of hanging on to home court if at all possible, and we were able to finish strongly." The Warriors are set to play in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019. The Warriors made five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019. The Warriors won three titles in those five consecutive NBA Finals apperances.