Look no further than when Golden State lost Durant to injury earlier in the season. The Cavaliers are nearly as prolific as the Warriors, with all those stretchy snipers spaced around LeBron James, and they will need to be as comfortable at Oracle Arena as they were at TD Garden.
"I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies", Kerr joked. I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it?
"I was a young coach, we were a young team", Brown added.
"I think I have better suits now", he joked. Lue seemed to have the Steve Kerr offense figured out by their seventh meeting last June, a 93-89 Cleveland win that ended with Golden State missing its final nine shots and going scoreless over the final 4:39.
The series will feature a number of compelling individual matchups, most notably James versus Durant at small forward, Kyrie Irving versus Curry at point guard and Kevin Love versus Draymond Green at power forward. I'd picked them to win the Finals before the playoffs began on the strength of the Cavaliers' performance in the 2016 Finals and the health of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Offensively, I thought we moved and cut and played together, and then for whatever reason, all those things became a little bit more hard.What's not to like about it unless you're a fan of one of the 28 teams that didn't make it?
Now that all the shitty people are gone, let's confront the sobering truth: the Golden State Warriors are even better than they were last season. "They're the champs. We're trying to take what they took from us a year ago". Golden State answered with a 126-91 rout almost a month later, leading by as much as 39 points at home against a Cavaliers team that lacked energy in the last game of a six-game road trip. The Golden State Warriors meet the Cleveland Cavaliers for round 3 and it's going to be good. Like the 16 superhero movies in theaters this summer, we knew which forces would clash in the end.
This isn't the first time that James has spoken of eventually becoming an National Basketball Association owner, having offered more of an explanation last August during an appearance on the "Open Run" podcast that's part of his UNINTERRUPTED media network. You better believe we're going to find out given the link between Ohio's fifth-biggest city and the Finals.
This season, at age 32, James averaged 26.4 points plus career highs of 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists as well as a league-high 37.8 minutes on the court a game.
"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter", James told reporters, regarding Cleveland's role as an underdog.
Tyronn Lue's toughest coaching challenge is right in front of him, writes Tim Cato.
He has heard a lot of booing in the past and now doesn't care about it anymore as he is enjoying himself as a basketball player in all terms. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship.