Warriors coach Steve Kerr not yet ready to return to bench

Warriors coach Steve Kerr not yet ready to return to bench

Warriors coach Steve Kerr not yet ready to return to bench

This year, analysts have been hard-pressed to predict what a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals would like, considering the lack of parity in both conferences - the Cavs were an Avery Bradley 3-pointer away from sweeping the first three rounds of the playoffs like Golden State - and the Warriors' addition of Kevin Durant.

Durant is fully aware a tough challenge waits for them.

All of this is going to pay off for the Warriors when the Finals begin on June 1.

"Everyone wants to say, 'Ah man, this is boring and this, that and the other, ' but you usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore", Green said. The Cavaliers are a close second (.190) before a huge drop off to the other teams making it past the first round, such as the Houston Rockets (.116), San Antonio Spurs (.109) and Washington Wizards (.106). The Warriors are the first team in National Basketball Association history to begin a postseason with 12-straight wins, earning three consecutive trips to The Finals for the first time in franchise history. Game 1 is at Oracle Arena - aka Roar-acle Arena for its decibel level - on June 1.

When the Cavaliers ended the Celtics' season on Thursday night with a 135-102 rout at TD Garden, it set them on an NBA Finals collision course with the Warriors for the third straight season. The one difference is Steph was hurt, as we all know.

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Cleveland went 8-0 en route to the Eastern Conference Final. We're just focused on Boston.

Kenny Smith has no hesitation as he describes picking Golden State to win the 2017 NBA Championship.

"This year is a totally different year, different group, different journey", Curry said. And a third consecutive match-up against the Golden State Warriors.

Steve Kerr remains physically unable to coach with The Finals one week from starting.

"They're in a groove", Gasol said. The Spurs had just played a hard-fought series against Houston and still had their rhythm after two days. They execute at the defensive end of the floor.

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The Warriors have shown their strength by blasting through the playoffs in the normally rugged West. Many believe his dustup with James, which resulted in a Game 5 suspension a year ago, changed the series. As good as the offense has been, it's been the Warriors' defense that has been key to their playoff dominance.

"I think our defensive intensity has been unbelievable", Green said. The Jazz-centric nature of what we do here at Purple & Blues notwithstanding, I usually try not to descend too far into the realm of homerism. When he went back to Oklahoma City as an opponent for the first time since leaving in free agency, he wasn't welcomed with open arms and sweet treats. "I think once he just got past it, got focused on what we were doing, he just got comfortable".

"I think this move, and the criticism that comes with this move, has made me zero in on what's the most important thing, and that's just playing basketball, working out every day, getting better, enjoying every single day as a basketball player", Durant told the newspaper. J.R. Smith is back in rhythm, Kevin Love just finished his best playoff series as a member of the team, and Kyrie Irving just put up 62% shooting against one of the best defensive backcourts in the National Basketball Association.

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