Warriors coach Steve Kerr 'surprised' Cavs are considered underdogs

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. "I think it's the greatness of the players we have".

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"It's a great thing for the league", Green said.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the thought the Cavs would need the underdog title as a linchpin to get ready for the Finals was offbase. "We could say that all day, time, everything". “Were in the NBA Finals. "We'll use it as motivation". Plus, we've got the Kings.

James won his second of three championships in 2013 when his Heat team knocked off the Spurs when Leonard - now an MVP candidate - was in his second season. But this year, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are entering the championship round with a combined 24-1 record through the playoff's first 3 rounds.

Love complimented Greens competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.

Known in the league as "DNP-Rest", the practice of sitting healthy players to avoid injury and fatigue has grown in popularity as teams focus more on reducing the wear and tear on the stars that drive the league.

Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a almost unstoppable level. "Draymond's speaking out of emotion". Those guys are going to challenge me. "Says what he really wants". The Warriors have been a much more aggressive team on the boards than in previous seasons. The Cavaliers took the playoffs by storm as well, but lost Kevin Love in the first round series to the Boston Celtics, and then Kyrie Irving in the first game of the series against the Golden State Warriors, during overtime.

San Antonio won it all three years ago with a great mixture of talented young players alongside their veteran troika. "It looks like they're having fun, and we want to do something about that". "They've been super-impressive", Love said.

"So, it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise", James said, shifting back to the Warriors. He's been able to build quite a legacy with some interesting narratives over the years, not all of them positive. Obviously, adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP, that makes them even more impressive. It also made a difference when they needed to beat the Indiana Pacers in a tough, 7-game conference finals. "We knew they'd be right there". These two teams are both so closely matched that making Cleveland +200 seems like a bit too much.

This is the skeleton key: a three-pronged plan to destabilize the Warriors that should be key to a Cavs victory in every game. The Warriors have the No. 1 defensive efficiency at 99.1 points allowed per 100 possessions; the Cavs are No. 3 at 104.6.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers are built for this moment with a retooled roster coming from last seasons NBA Championship.

"I expect it to be a competitive series absolutely", Green said. All of them played on Bill Russell's Celtics' teams of the 1950s and 60s; Russell himself played in 10 consecutive Finals.

"It's like anything that's new", Durant said.

It's hard to imagine the National Basketball Association finals without LeBron James, partly because there have been so few without him. "I just have to internalize that for next time that situation comes about". They do something, we come back and do something. Other than that, I think when you look at the whole squad, they have a good kind of chemistry and vibe. I'm very happy about our accomplishment.

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