Warriors do not need to be perfect to beat Cavs say pundits

"I'm not ready to coach yet", Kerr told reporters on Monday. Golden State came out of the West with a ideal 12-0 record and a slightly superior net rating than the Cavs over the course of the playoffs.

The 'books are pegging the Golden State Warriors as the favorites in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers despite the reigning champs winning 12 of 13 in the postseason and squaring up with the team they beat a season ago.

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 saw the quote from Kevin Love that he's surprised". That's why I'm here talking to you now. They're a great team. He also added two turnovers, one rebound and one assist.In those seven Finals, LeBron won in 2012, 2013, and 2016.But starting right before the Western Conference Finals, Kerr returned to the facility on a regular basis, became more involved in coaching meetings and took part in practices.

The ultimate championship rubber match, which most everyone expected the moment last year's Finals ended, begins on Friday (NZT) in Oakland and will cap what has been a predictable 82-game regular season and lopsided postseason. To say they did well during their 73-win season in 2015-2016 when Kerr missed games is an understatement. That's what happened in each of the last two years. Kyrie Irving. With his big performance in Game 5 that helped start Cleveland's comeback, his 3-pointer in Game 7 and then his go-ahead basket in their Christmas Day matchup, Irving has repeatedly hurt the Warriors. So Cavs fans looking for any extra reason to feel confident that LeBron and company will once again hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy this year should rejoice that Smith went on record with his pick for the series and thinks the Warriors will win.

"But we are both better". Playing almost 46 minutes per contest, the three-time champion averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game.

An NBA season that has had little in the way of drama will come to a gripping close over the next two weeks when two familiar foes fittingly battle in the Finals for an unprecedented third consecutive year.

"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter", James told reporters, regarding Cleveland's role as an underdog. And hopefully we keep it going. "It's like, we're in the NBA Finals". We're not using that as an excuse.

James rejoined the Cavaliers in 2014 determined to bring a championship to his home state and brought the team back to relevance after four consecutive losing seasons.

  • Julie Sanders