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Steve Kerr finds one positive in Warriors' increasingly desperate situation

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Having arrived in the 2016 NBA playoffs on the back of a historic regular season, the Golden State Warriors are now one game away from exiting the postseason at the Conference Finals stage.

That's after the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Tuesday night, ran out 118 -94 winners over the reigning champions to extend their series lead to 3-1.

The result puts GSW in a precarious position but, speaking in the aftermath of the defeat, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr took solace in the fact that at least his franchise will play the 'win or go home' game five on their own court.

"We all have to bounce back," Kerr explained to reporters as he assessed the situation. "The good news is, we go home.

"Obviously, we play well at home. The idea now is to go home and get one win. Do that, and we put some pressure on them and we'll see what happens."

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

Kerr is right, the Warriors have been excellent at the Oracle Arena this season.

The Bay Area franchise lost just two games on their own hardwood during the 2015-16 regular season, and have given up just one playoff game at home so far this postseason. 

Unfortunately for them, that one home loss came in game one of their current series against the Thunder so the prospect of going to the Oracle may not be quite as daunting for OKC as it may have been.

Nevertheless, Golden State will feel confident that they can at least force a game six by claiming victory on Thursday night.

Must win

Klay Thompson, in speaking after last night's game, echoed the thoughts of his head coach in suggesting returning home could provide the inspiration needed after two heavy defeats:

"Lucky for us, we're so great at home," said the 2016 All-Star.

"This really sucks right now, a terrible feeling not even to get one here...We've just got to play with desperation like our lives are on the line on Thursday."

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

Stephen Curry, meanwhile, made it clear to the media that, despite the Warriors' precarious position, the series isn't over:

"We all individually need to step it up...I believe in every single one of these guys in the locker room that we can figure it out."

Unfortunately for GSW, even if they do stay alive in game five, they will have to return to the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City in a similar position - knowing that only a win will do from here on out.

Topics:
NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Klay Thompson
NBA Playoffs
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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