The NBA Playoffs have been a roller coaster of highs and lows this season, with the Warriors and Sixers making deep runs and the Lakers dropping four games to the Celtics.
But the only one who can say she’s the underdog is Anna Kournikova, the reigning U.S. Open champion who is playing for Team USA at the Olympics.
And the 22-year-old is ready to take on any challenger, even the Warriors.
“I don’t want to get too hyped.
I just want to do my best and make sure I’m able to do that,” Kournakova told ESPN.
“I have a lot of good coaches who I want to work with, so I just have to go out there and play my game and try to get the best out of myself.
I’ve never had the chance to play in the Olympics before, but I’m confident.”
Kournakov is confident, too, and she says she is ready.
“[Playing for Team U.K.] will give me a chance to show what I can do,” she said.
“It’s been a great experience, so hopefully, I’ll be able to get a lot more experience playing with them in the future.
For the rest of us, it’s going to be a great challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”
The Warriors have had a few problems this season.
They’ve lost two of their last three games, including an overtime loss to the Lakers on Saturday.
They’re still undefeated and looking to win back-to-back titles for the first time in nine years.
They’ll play the Warriors, Jazz, Magic, Heat and Cavaliers in their first game of the playoffs on Friday.
“We’ve had some injuries and some ups and downs, but we have to keep going, especially on the offensive end,” Curry said.
And Kournkova has plenty to prove.
She’s played in only one of the last three Olympics, losing to Team USA in Beijing in 2014.
It’s not a great look for a 22-time Olympic gold medalist.
She has just six points, six rebounds and two assists on 3-for-14 shooting through her last two games.
But she’s still shooting well, and her team is scoring a lot.
The NBA playoffs have been good for Kournova, too.
She made a highlight reel dunk during Game 5 against the Warriors on Sunday.
Kournakov’s teammates were all there, cheering her on, and the crowd went nuts.
Kounakova had the dunk in a game that saw the Warriors win the first three games to earn a first-round matchup with the Spurs.
She was the only player in the entire tournament with a double-double.
But the Warriors still have one of their best players on the court, Klay Thompson, sidelined with a left knee injury.
The Warriors have been outscored in the first two games of the postseason by 7.5 points per 100 possessions.
Koullakova has been more than ready for that matchup, and that includes her performance in the championship game.
When asked what she thought of the game on Saturday, Kournokova said, “It was a great game.
We all wanted to win, but it was just a great matchup.
We had a great performance.”
With Kournkovs performance on the defensive end, the Warriors are going to have to defend her on offense.
They have struggled to find rhythm on the break and she has a knack for getting the ball in the hands of teammates, and it has been an issue this season in a way the Warriors didn’t have last season.
That hasn’t been a problem in this series, though.
The Cavs scored just 27 points in the second half of the first game, but they held the Warriors to just 21 points over the last four games.
This is the first playoff matchup between Kournovs Warriors and the Cavs.
There are still a lot to learn about the Warriors before they can face the Cavaliers, who have been the top-seeded team in the NBA.
Their win streak is only two games and they’re still a game ahead of the Cavs in the standings.
But they’re also a game out of the second round.
While Kourniakov is ready, Curry has to be ready as well.
She said she has been playing with more confidence, but she still has some work to do. She said, “It’s just a matter of being ready for every game and every game, just doing my job and trying to give the best effort and try not to make any mistakes.”
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