Golden State Warriors have a chance to level the NBA Finals series at 3-3 on Friday at the Oracle Arena – but it isn’t just their Championship hopes motivating them ahead of the visit of Toronto Raptors.
Golden State are bidding to join an elite list of teams to complete an NBA ‘three-peat’, three successive Championships, and Friday’s game will be their final contest at the Oracle and in Oakland before they relocate to San Francisco for next season.
Star man Steph Curry is also looking to fight back and win the series for team-mate Kevin Durant, who will miss the rest of the season after sustaining an injury in Game 5.
“I don’t think much needs to be said about the motivation that we have or are going to have tomorrow,” said Curry.
“To protect our home court, feed off our crowd’s energy, play for ‘K’ and try to keep our season alive. There are a lot of things that you can kind of tap into for energy tomorrow. We’ll be ready.”
Guard Klay Thompson has spent his entire career with the Warriors after being drafted in 2011, and he is desperate to sign off at the Oracle with a victory.
“We’re just thinking about enjoying this last show at Oracle we’re about to give our fans. And I expect our fans to be the loudest they have ever been, especially in the name of Kevin and bringing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the competitiveness,” said Thompson.
Golden State are 1.70 to win Game 6 or 2.50 with a -6.5 handicap, while Toronto can be backed at 2.20.