Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors’ coach, believes that their team has never lost an NBA Finals series in which the lead changed hands.
“We’ve been playing pretty well,” Durant said.
“I don’t know if you could ever say it’s never been a good NBA Finals team, but we’ve been pretty consistent in that.”
The Warriors lost in the 2013 Western Conference Finals to the Los Angeles Clippers, who won the NBA Finals in seven games.
The Warriors then lost to the Miami Heat in seven in 2015, and won the 2017 NBA Finals.
Durant said his team has not played in an NBA series that has ended in a tie since the 2015 series between the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I don, I don’t think we’ve ever been in a situation where we were going to win the series,” Durant told reporters.
“But that’s the beauty of basketball.
When we get into the Finals, we’ve got to go to that fourth quarter, and you’ve got a chance to win.
So that’s our mentality and that’s what we’re going to do.”
In that series, the Warriors won three games to clinch a first-round playoff series against the Los Vegas Lakers.
The NBA has been looking for ways to avoid that situation in the future, with the league considering a rule change that would allow teams to play more home games.
The rule would be retroactive to the 2020-21 season.
In his postgame news conference, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the league should consider whether to consider the rule retroactive for next season.
“It would be something that we’d certainly like to consider,” Kerr said.
“But I think the rule itself is one that the league has taken a very strong stance on.”
Durant has played in four Finals, including a Game 6 win in the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals.
The reigning Coach of the Year has been a part of two Finals.