Kerr, who is in his third season with Golden State, hasn't coached since Game 2 of the team's opening-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers due to complications from a previous back surgery. "We knew they'd be right there".
Hold on a minute, however. However, this is a situation that Cleveland has found themselves in before, specifically previous year. There was Golden State winning its first title since 1975 when the Warriors bested a short-handed Cavaliers squad missing Irving and Kevin Love on Cleveland's home court in 2015. This postseason, Love is averaging 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, personal bests with the Cavs. With the additions of Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, Cleveland becomes a great three-point threat and is veteran heavy. A year before Kyrie's shot secured the title for Cleveland, Steph did something similar for Golden State. Probably not. The Warriors are the favorite for a reason.
"Golden State has more margin of error so they can have guys maybe not shooting the ball particularly well because Curry and Durant are on such a roll that it may not matter", former National Basketball Association coach Van Gundy said on a conference call. Durant is another ridiculous weapon.
But on Wednesday, Green said he doesn't plan to dial things back this time around just because he was disciplined a year ago. James is playing some of the best basketball of his career RIGHT NOW. And he keeps on proving it. In the 2016 Finals loss, he shot 40 percent from the field and had more turnovers than assists. He's making (for him) a ridiculous 42.1 percent of his attempts from three-point range compared to 36.3 percent.
Lue knows the Cavs are facing a hard task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line.
I've reflected quite a bit on these 347 days of the Cavs' championship reign, the first for any major professional sports team in Cleveland since 1964.
Barnes wasn't exactly a neutral observer previous year, having grown up in Northern California and having played with the Warriors before their recent run of dominance.
Golden State owner Peter Guber, who walked Riley to his sports vehicle, told Riley, "Don't answer that question".
Yet the Cavs found a way. "We don't go into any series saying we're only going to play four games, we can't approach a series like that, like, "Yeah, we're going to play four.' You approach it with a mindset of, "Of course we'd love to sweep them but you have to take that game by game".