We expect them to play better.
But his defense is still as crucial as he is the rare player equally adept at controlling ball-handling point guards, chasing shooters around screens and matching up with bigger players in the post. "And as I said, the intention is to go the rest of the series". He hadn't reached double figures in points or rebounds this year in the first two games combined. Walton attended Game 1 of this year's Finals, and watched with Kerr in the coaches' locker room. That one-man mismatch allowed the Warriors to score 21 baskets in the paint in the first half, and that's despite missing a stunning 15 layups.
The 51-year-old American, last year's NBA Coach of the Year, made the announcement less than two hours before the tip-off of game two of the best-of-seven championship series against visiting Cleveland. He scored 9 points in 15 minutes and seems to match up well against Golden State.
Defense is where it has to begin for Cleveland because let's be real, it will not outscore Golden State if the game comes down to a shootout. I coached every game in the regular season, didn't always feel great, but I was able to do it.
The Warriors, off to a 13-0 play-off start to match an National Basketball Association postseason win streak record, could become the first National Basketball Association champions to run through four play-off rounds undefeated. You have to play hard to a level where it's past the thermostat.
There are no changes to the starting lineups from Game 1 for either team, which is not a surprise.
In fact, he feels his Game 5 absence cost the Warriors a second title.
Kerr said he decided Sunday morning that he was able to return to coaching after being sidelined by constant pain because of complications following a pair of back surgeries almost two years ago. Guys like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will make their presence felt on the offensive side, Steph Curry will be Steph Curry, and Durant will have a slightly less dominant yet still impressive performance Sunday night. "We have enough guys who can score on this team that if one guy can't get it going, we can go other places". "You come out and play well in Game 2, everybody will forget about Game 1".
The Cavs, who tried to keep the frenetic pace at which Golden State plays, had their hands tugging on their shorts and resting on their hips as the Warriors wore them down. Cleveland is one of the best teams at identifying mismatches and exposing them.
None of that means they win but it means there is not 22 points difference between these two teams and the Warriors need remember that even if ESPN's and ABC's talking heads may forget it.
"I'm going to pull out the "Win one for The Gipper" speech", Kerr said, referencing the "Knute Rockne, All-American" movie with tongue firmly in cheek.
Make them run a lot of pick-and-rolls. "And I had a natural reaction to get him from over me, like you don't step over a grown man", said Green. "So guys have to be reminded - I have to be reminded - that against this team, you have to go balls out".