Stephen Curry and the Warriors return to the arena where they kissed the Larry O'Brien Trophy and bathed in bubbly when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
"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."
The Warriors, after all, are still sitting pretty at the midpoint of the season.
"Thirty-seven and four, I'm pretty happy that it bothers us that we laid an egg last night and some people feel a certain type of way about it, and that's good for us to try to turn it around," Curry said. "It obviously shows that we're on a mission to do something big this year."
Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said: "To us, I mean, it's exciting. We're halfway through the season, and we're 37-4 -- best record in the NBA -- and we feel like we can get a lot better, so that's kind of the way we're looking at this."
The Warriors will take on the Cavaliers at a time when the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference (28-10) is playing well.
Since a Christmas Day 89-83 loss to the Warriors at Oracle Arena in which LeBron James was held to 10-for-26 shooting, the Cavaliers are 9-2 and coming off an impressive 5-1 trip while having the added benefit of two days without a game after the 12-day swing.
Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was on more of a minutes restriction coming off an injury in the December loss. Starting center Timofey Mozgov, who struggled in that game, was benched in favor of Tristan Thompson up until the Cavaliers' win Friday against the Houston Rockets.
"We're in a better space than we were on Christmas Day," Irving told reporters.
"We're the two best teams playing right now. We're No. 1 in our respective conferences."
The Warriors, meanwhile, have Harrison Barnes back from injury and in the starting lineup.
However, they have struggled with their reserves of late to generate production on offense, which Walton said was in part because of injuries that have made the second unit constantly have to adjust.
"Everybody has to contribute," Curry said. "That's what makes us great on any given night. Statistically it might not show up, but somebody's going to have an imprint on the game, and it's going to be a well-balanced attack."
The Warriors will look for that at Quicken Loans Arena, where recollections of Game 6 of the Finals and the postgame party will be fresh in their minds.
"Definitely high emotions," Green said. "At the same time, knowing their emotions are running high as well. We've definitely got some great memories in that building, but that means nothing for tomorrow. We've got to come out with an edge."