Preparing to enter a real 'battle' zone

I have reflected this week on the many times that, as a head coach, I told my team that we were going to be in a "battle," that we needed to play "like our lives depended on it," or that we were in a "do-or-die" situation. I smiled when I saw a quote by Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni describe his team's current heated playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs, saying "every game is a war."