Klay says Cleveland's arena "like a second home"
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2018 09:34 AM
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson laughs at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
They say familiarity builds contempt, but sometimes familiarity helps too.
That seems to be the sentiment of Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, as the 2018 NBA Finals shifts to Cleveland and the Quicken Loans Arena. With the two teams meeting in the postseason for a fourth straight year, players from both sides have understandably become accustomed to playing on each others' home courts.
"Comfortable? Yeah, it's probably like a second home," said Thompson after Wednesday's (PHL time) practice session. "So much basketball has been played here [by the Warriors]. Besides Oracle [Arena], this is probably where I've played the most NBA games. From the locker room, to the hotel, to the surrounding downtown area, I'm pretty familiar with Cleveland. So there is definitely a comfort level."
While his fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry wouldn't go as far as Klay in saying that The Land was a comfortable place to play, he did agree that there was a sense of familiarity in the situation.
"In the Finals, this is the only building I know what that experience is like," Curry said. "We know how the atmosphere is here. We know how Cleveland plays here, with a lot of energy and force.
"We understand how hard it is to win in this building. No matter what's gone on in the series, when you change venues, you've got to reassert your dominance and try to find that right momentum to start. We have a great opportunity tomorrow to do that."
The Warriors won their 2015 championship in Cleveland, taking Games 4 and 6 there. In 2016, the Warriors took one out of three Finals games, while in 2017, Golden State won one out of two, via a memorable Kevin Durant dagger in Game 3.