Warriors players, fans will have all eyes on Suns-Mavs Game 7


SAN FRANCISCO -- Draymond Green, according to his Instagram story, enjoyed the weather of a beautiful Saturday in San Francisco, one day after having a huge helping hand in ending the Memphis Grizzlies' season and sending his Warriors to the Western Conference finals.

Juan Toscano-Anderson asked fans for their best brunch spot in The City, and there's no doubt Klay Thompson soaked in the clear skies. The Warriors earned an off day, and certainly should have taken advantage of a weekend at home during these playoffs. 

Now, Warriors players, coaches and front office members alike join Dub Nation with one central focus on Sunday. All eyes and ears turn to the best two words in sports: Game 7. 

The Phoenix Suns, the best team in the NBA all season long, host the Dallas Mavericks for one final game of the semifinals Sunday night at Footprint Center to determine who has a date with the Warriors in the West finals. 

"I love watching playoffs games all year," Thompson said Friday night after the Warriors' 110-96 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. "I love the playoffs. It's when guys bring out their best ball and there are some studs on both teams, so it's going to be -- I'm going to do my due diligence watching and I'm going to try and scout two great teams."

Whoever wins Sunday night between the Suns and Mavs doesn't just determine who the Warriors face next, it also determines Golden State's travel plans, too. If the Suns send the Mavs home, the Warriors will hop on a plane for a flight to Phoenix on Tuesday, with the series beginning Wednesday. But if the Mavs pull off the upset, the Warriors get the gift of more nights in their own bed and would host the first two games at Chase Center. 

That's big for a few reasons. 

First for this Suns-Mavs series, there has been one constant: The home team has won every game. That means the Suns come out victorious on Sunday night, right? This is Game 7, go ahead and bet with your eyes closed. 

The Suns and Mavs aren't alone there, too. The Warriors have won all six of their home playoff games so far. Their three losses have been on the road. Without tip-toeing around it, the crowd and atmosphere at Chase Center was much better Friday night for Game 6 compared to the Warriors' Game 4 win. 

Players could feel it, too. Especially after coming back from a lively, hostile fanbase in Memphis that always brought the energy.

"We've all talked about the home-court advantage and how this isn't Oracle and you have to reestablish that home court, and I think we are doing a good job of it," Green said after Game 6. "But our fans were absolutely incredible tonight. It took everything we had to win that game, including the fan support and the noise that was in the arena."

That can't be a one-time thing, or even a two-time thing. The Warriors had the second-best home record (31-10) in the regular season, behind only the Suns (32-9). But the Suns also went 32-9 on the road, which was five wins better than the next-best road team, the Philadelphia 76ers, and 10 wins better than the Warriors' 22-19 road record. 

The Warriors in the regular season went 2-2 against the Suns, splitting games at home and in the desert. They were 1-1 vs. the Mavs, with their only win being a 38-point blowout in San Francisco. The moral of the story? Home-court advantage matters in the playoffs, and the Warriors know they have to be better and play a cleaner brand of basketball -- no matter who their next foe might be. 

"It's been pretty entertaining, high level of basketball," Steph Curry said on Suns-Mavs. "They are two different teams, so it's kind of hard to -- I'll probably talk about it on Monday or Tuesday when we figure out who we're playing.

"But I'm just going to be a fan and enjoy watching two Game 7s on Sunday knowing we get four days off, which is pretty special."

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Curry and Co. took care of business and are reveling in the fact they didn't need to board another long flight to Memphis. On Sunday, the Warriors will be fans for a day before making plans to remain in The Bay for a bit or pack another suitcase.

Either way, all eyes will be on Game 7, a spot the Warriors are more than happy to not be in themselves. 

Check back in later for their thoughts on their last obstacle in the way of another trip to the Finals.

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