I turn up some pump-up music (stuff by "Jock-Jams" usually), go through some superstition stuff (hitting my last shot in warm-up, arm through left side of jersey first, etc.). Get into a shootin groove during warm-up, do some passing drills, etc. Basically taking it like any other game except making more of an initiative with the music.
I always played better slightly tired, so I pushed myself hard when warming up. I also get a good feel of the basketball in my hands, it doesn't have to be the game ball. I just have more control if I get the feel of the ball.
when I played high school ball, I would do a few calisthenic exercises, lie on the floor and stretch, do mental exercises (envisioning plays and how the ball would go into the net after I shoot), and flirt with cheerleaders.
I just had my final playoff game this weekend just gone. We were leading by 13 points with 1:30 left and by the time it got to 30 secs left we were only up by 3 points. But we won anyway. I also beat my previous point high by only one point.
I finished with 22 points an about 12-15 rebounds. That was an absolute monster game though, I usually only get about 2-10 points and about 8 - 12 rebounds (I mainly focus on rebounds and defense because I believe thats what wins games)
Anyway back to the topic. Some things I do before a game is always put my shorts on first then my jersey second. And I always put my right shoe on first then left second, then I tie my left first then tie my right second. I also like to listen to some rock music to pump me up. I always wear a black pair of socks over a white pair of socks.
When warming up I usually like to take a few 3's just to get some range, then I like to throw some dunks down to warm my legs up, along with the usual stuff.
Another wierd thing I do is: I always use the same bottle for my water for every game, I also have a McDonald's the night before every game.
I just had my final playoff game this weekend just gone. We were leading by 13 points with 1:30 left and by the time it got to 30 secs left we were only up by 3 points. \.
regardless of the win, did your coach let you guys have it? in a game in high school, our team was in a similar situation (though not a playoff game) and we gave up a 16 point lead and trailed by 2. it required a buzzer beater 3 by one of my teammates to win it. our coach really let us have it... slamming chairs and threatening to cut the program etc...
He sure did let us have it, but the main reason for us giving up that lead was, because are coach thought we pretty much had it won with only 1:30 left and up by 13. So he decided to throw in the bench players and give them some playing time*, big mistake. The opposition finally saw their opening and took it, and absolutly killed are bench guys, so coach decides to throw in 2 starters (who probably saved that game for us) and we manage to hold off the opposition.
* - My coach said that there is nothing worse then being on a winning team and not contributing at all, so he wanted to let the bench guys contribute to the game.