Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Opens Up On Future; Leads Team Past Cavs
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 18:15
He was too LeBron James.
Kerr watched his Golden State Warriors grab a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 Sunday night in another rout, returning to the sideline with a warm welcome from the sellout crowd after a six-week absence. In Game 2, Draymond Green fell into foul trouble, the Warriors committed 20 turnovers, LeBron James played like a Transformer and the Cavaliers still never came within 11 points in the fourth quarter.
The three-time champion put up 29 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds as he tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history.
Rather than reach back to last year's championship comeback for a confidence boost, James' focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more unsafe this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.
Curry showed another dimension to his game, and it triggered an avalanche for the Warriors. On Sunday, LeBron James nearly had a triple-double by halftime, Stephen Curry turned the ball over eight times and the Warriors never sprouted wings and began breathing fire out of their eyes ... that means that there's still room for improvement. In fact, I'm pretty sure I heard all of them past year.
The Cavaliers said they won't change their lineup or their schemes, insisting they want to play fast even though that's exactly the way the Warriors like it. "And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in the way they are, that's why we're up 2-0". Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games. We can credit the Warriors defense, but we can also point at the isolation plays of the Cavaliers.
To be sure, Thompson wasn't about to rest on his laurels after one terrific individual game, and two by the Warriors as a team. So that was kind of a microcosm of the game, we were rushing a lot. Not falling asleep. The loose balls, the 50-50 balls, we've got to get to those and when you don't get to them, they make you pay. "The best we probably played throughout the year", center Zaza Pachulia said.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks at a news conference before Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. Would the Cavaliers have a shot at beating them in Golden State then? Kevin Love had 27 points and Kyrie Irving 19. As the series went on, and a 3-1 lead slipped away, Curry grew more frustrated.But the Warriors are much more than just Durant, of course."We're going to have to help him out as far as knocking shots down from the perimeter", Thompson said.
"That's what they do", James said. "If you make a mistake - like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again".
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Though Durant anchored the offense and had a mammoth game overall, Thompson's reemergence as a scorer also proved a difference-maker for Warriors.
Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been almost invisible and the bench has offered little help.
The Warriors didn't lose a game with Brown on the bench, which will likely earn him another head coaching job, just like it got Luke Walton, who filled in a year ago, and then got the Lakers' job.
"We're different", Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said. "No, it's not over".
James: Well, if we don't defend home court, then what happens?
Durant missed two games with a knee injury in the first-round series against Portland, and we hardly noticed.