Seven months after clinching their first NBA title in forty years, the Golden State Warriors are strolling back into Cleveland, and Stephen Curry hopes their locker room still has the smell of expensive bubbly lingering in their air.

The Cavs—still heartbroken and upset about being severely short-handed in the championship round—say they’re currently in a better rhythm compared to their Christmas Day loss to the Dubs in Oakland.

The reigning MVP expects an electric atmosphere Monday night at The Q.

Per the Bay Area News Group:

“Obviously, walking in the locker room, it’ll be good memories,” Curry said Sunday. “Hopefully, it still smells a little bit like champagne.”

 

The Warriors go into the rematch of the NBA Finals with a different kind of stench. While they are 37-4, the stretch during which they lost two of their past three games has included slow starts and poor defense. […] The Warriors’ 113-95 loss at Detroit on Saturday was their worst defeat of the past two seasons in any game Curry has played.

 

It prompted Draymond Green to address the team, and he summed up the message: “We need to be better.” […] “No need to panic or turn on each other or point the finger,” Green said. “We all (stunk). And that’s fine. It happens.”