The reason for the three-time champion's unwavering confidence can be attributed to the monstrous performances he has put up in the past. "It doesn't matter to me". As we saw in the Western Conference Finals, if the defense attempts to hide a big man on someone like Livingston or Iguodala, Golden State has an effective counter at their disposal.
The Cavs are also better than past year. They were not boring because the three best players in the National Basketball Association won all their games. What does that mean?
Part of me agrees with Kerr. "I don't know anything else at this point".
"I'm ready, but I'm not ready to coach yet", he said. You got to take it as that. "You've got to be able to sacrifice and dedicate and fight for one another throughout the course of a season, throughout battles". In 2015, the Warriors sealed their championship win in the sixth game of the seven-game series, beating the Cavs 105-97 in the final game.
Anthony has not been an especially good rebounder throughout his career nor has he flashed an incredibly accurate outside shot that would work well with the driving and dishing duo of James and Irving. "That's the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami". They're going to challenge our ballclub. This is a high-powered team, and I've played against some other [stiff competition].
Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with story lines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its Finals flameout.
In my mind, the "overwhelming favorite" narrative was inescapable once Golden State lured Durant away from Oklahoma City.
"Throughout the postseason there's so many different emotions", James said. It highlights the different types of critics and doubts Curry has endured since he first started playing basketball. They have a lot of options. Even Kevin Durant has expressed his preference to stay in Oakland and possibly earn as many championship rings that time and opportunities will permit.
"It's just his level of calmness no matter what's going on", LeBron James said following practice. "So it makes it even more risky when you equip that talent, that skill, with those guys". "I don't look at anybody kind of pushing me". Lose here, or you win a game here, it's like, 'All right, cool. I would say I've gotten a little bit better.
If he's unable to return for Game 1, Kerr said he expects a final decision on his status to be made shortly after.
Whether he coaches or not, Kerr said he plans on flying to Cleveland with Golden State for Games 3 and 4. "Still waiting for 'Ahhhhhh!"' Kerr said, reaching his hands to the sky as if to receive some miracle healing. "He's just not on the bench". During this playoff run, Mike Brown has continually credit Kerr for suggestions that worked.
In the next few years, James will surely get past the statistics registered under Jordan and Bryant but foremost concern for the heart and soul of the Cavaliers is to kiss the Larry O'Brien Trophy a fourth time. "I'm still feeling the effects". That's why I'm here talking to you now.
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