The Golden State Warriors do not lack confidence. After collecting a league-best 67 wins and having little problems in the first three rounds of the Western Conference playoffs, the Warriors have good reason to feel like the favorites to win the title.
But the team might have gone a little too far Monday night.
Following the Houston Rockets’ 128-115 win over the Warriors, Rockets players each received a Warriors team memo detailing the media availability had Golden State completed a sweep.
"The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals," part of the memo read.
The legitimacy of the memo, which was not distributed to the media, was confirmed by Raymond Ridder, the Warriors’ vice president for communication, ESPN reported.
"They’re confident in their team," Rockets forward Josh Smith told ESPN. "It’s not added motivation; we just got to go out there and play. I don’t really feed into the whole mentally get your rah-rah hype. I just want to go out and play my game."