"We have won a lot of games playing the way we play, so we're not going to change". Before they won their first National Basketball Association title in 40 years in 2015, the Warriors dropped Game 3 of the second round to Memphis and Game 3 of the Finals to Cleveland.
According to the report, five of six would post the Warriors as the favorite.
Curry is healthier than a year ago, but that's not the Cavs biggest issue. "I think our guys feed off of it", Richard Jefferson said.
The Cavaliers might like to believe they're an uptempo team, but a brief check of the season's statistics tell a different story. Any sentimental boost in any seven-game championship series is obviously of massive value, but in Kerr's case the game-time decision was especially meaningful given concerns he might never be able to coach again. Golden State remains ideal in this postseason, and with a record-setting 14-0 playoff record this year they're doing something very, very special. Golden State has won the first two games of the series by a combined 41 points.
That matched the post-season winning streak of ice hockey's 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins - the best in the four biggest USA pro sport leagues, the NHL, NFL, MLB and National Basketball Association, according to EliasSports. "We just have to play with the right type of pace and the right type of ball movement", Jefferson said.
"The game is too fresh", James said.
"We all got better and we have worked well together throughout the season", Durant said. But the Warriors just brought their head coach back, to another roaring Oracle crowd, finally got Klay Thompson's shooting as a weapon, and still haven't seen Draymond's best on defense.
The Cavs could start with a lineup change. Sadly, Tristan Thompson, 26, went scoreless in Game 1, and J.R. Smith, 31, hasn't been delivering. The Warriors are proving to be a much better up-tempo team than the Cavs. How does Smith handle it? "Before he even came in the locker room, it came across my phone".
"We've got to be better as far as not relaxing, not falling asleep, the 50-50 balls, we've got to get to those". Their offense is constant movement, so you got to be locked in, you can't take a peek somewhere and lose your man.
Speaking shortly before Game Two against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kerr said he was feeling somewhat better. "It's that much harder once you get closer to the end". But when he's making shots, and a lot of timely shots tonight, they were huge.
But this isn't all in a bubble of what Cleveland isn't doing. In each of Cleveland's past trips to the finals, they have played Golden State. The Cavs have watched the film. They've seen what happens. You can see the frustration in Cleveland's body language.
"As much as the comparison wants to be drawn from last year to this year, this is a totally different team", Irving said.
"Are you a smart guy?" he shot back. "You have to remain non-wavering whatever the outlook looks like". "We're looking forward to it. We have to be conscious of that and slow down their fast break more".