Steph Curry is confident the Golden State Warriors can join an illustrious list of teams to win three NBA Championships in a row.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Minneapolis Lakers are the only four teams in NBA history to win the title in three consecutive years, with LA last achieving the feat back in 2002.
Golden State beat Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row to lift the 2018 NBA Finals trophy and the defending champions got their defence off to a winning start on Tuesday night, beating Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100.
Point guard Curry, who was an injury doubt leading into the game after sitting out Sunday’s scrimmage, produced a superb performance to finish with 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Quizzed about the chances of triumphing for a third time, the American believes it is possible although admits a defensive improvement is needed.
“Defensive focus on the little things, player’s tendencies and not turning the ball over,” Curry told TNT. “That’s something that has haunted us forever so we’ve got to take care of the ball, make sure our talent can do stuff on the ball with possessions and that will come with more experience throughout the season.
“We know what’s at stake [this season]. A championship is something that we focus on every year but we know what that would mean in terms of joining a very exclusive list of teams winning three in a row.
“We’re not shy about talking about it but you have to do the little stuff throughout the course of a season to prepare yourself for how tough this Western Conference is going to be. I think we’re ready for it.”