Warriors to turn up heat in NBA Finals

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Golden State Warriors will dial up their intensity and draw on vast experience when they face the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA Finals as they attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series.

The Warriors turned passive late in Game 1, giving up 40 points in the final frame and ultimately falling 120-108 to the visitors.

"We've got to play them harder," said Warriors star Draymond Green on the sidelines of his team's practice ahead of Game 2 on Sunday (Monday AEST), also in San Francisco.

"We've got to make them feel us on both ends of the floor and play with the type of intensity that it takes to win an NBA Finals game. I don't think we did that for 48 minutes."

It's not must-win time for the Warriors, technically, but opening a series with two home losses would mean they'd need to pull off something nearly unprecedented to win a championship.

The Warriors, who are making their sixth Finals appearance in eight years, will lean on their deep well of knowledge from past series.

"We've seen everything, man," Green said.

"We've been down 1-0 in the Finals before. We've been up 3-1. We've been tied up 2-2 going into Game Five. We've seen everything and we know what it takes to get through these moments. You've just got to draw back on that."

Music blared and the team looked relaxed during shooting drills at Chase Center. Green said the team's confidence remained unchanged despite the setback.

"There's nothing to panic about," he said.

"It's the first to four, not the first to one, two or three. If we stay true to who we are, it all works itself out."

The Celtics ended Golden State's 13-game winning streak in Game 1's at home, and that means the Warriors are trailing 1-0 in these playoffs for the first time.

Fellow Warriors star Stephen Curry said the squad needs to get off to a hot start again and keep their foot on the gas to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole.

"We have to come out with a sense of desperation in the first quarter and really cement ourselves in terms of what we are trying to do," he said.

"Play with the same joy, the same aggressiveness that we always do, but we have to sustain it over 48 minutes."

Much was made of how the Celtics didn't have any players with finals experience before the series opener Thursday night.

"I know it may sound arrogant, but when you play for the Celtics, the expectation is to win a championship," said Boston's Al Horford, who led the Celtics 26 points in Game 1 night and turned 36 on Friday. "Even when I got here in '16, that was the expectation even then. That's what it is in the organisation."

Golden State are four-point favourites in Game 2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But the Celtics are now favoured to win the series, with Jayson Tatum slightly favoured over Curry to win the NBA Finals MVP award.

with The AP

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