In fact, The Q may be the Warriors' favorite opposing arena to play at—because it brings back such great memories.
Golden State captured its first championship in 40 years last June by defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. While it would have been ideal to win the Finals at Oracle Arena in front of the hometown crowd, the Warriors were just happy to wrap up the series as quickly as possible.
The Cavaliers and the Warriors met back on Christmas Day, with Golden State pulling an 89-83 victory on its home court. Now, the two teams will be meeting in Cleveland on Monday for the first time since the 2015 NBA Finals ended, and Curry is looking forward to bringing back memories of the championship celebration.
"Obviously, walking in the locker room, it'll be good memories," Curry told Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group on Sunday. "Hopefully, it still smells a little bit like champagne."
It's probably a safe bet the Cavaliers cleaned the locker room as quickly as possible to rid them of the painful memory of losing a championship at their home arena. Regardless, the Warriors are going to enjoy their trip back to Cleveland.
As much as they will be reminded of their championship, the Warriors know they will have to be focused when they take on the Cavaliers.
"Definitely high emotions," Golden State forward Draymond Green said, per Leung. "At the same time, knowing their emotions are running high as well. We've definitely got some great memories in that building, but that means nothing for tomorrow. We've got to come out with an edge."
In other words, expect this rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals to be played with major intensity.
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