"And we're a full group when he's out here". "So that means a lot".
"The intention is to coach tonight and the rest of the series", said Kerr, who last coached in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series against Portland.
Cleveland was led by LeBron James who had a triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds. "So we got to be much better too". "But the second half, I think we settled in, tried to play simple and defensively just tried to contest their shots", Durant said.
Through the first two games of the NBA Finals, the one consistent theme that has already emerged in the series is that Kevin Durant makes an already ridiculous Golden State Warriors team quite literally invincible.
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. Other than that, when you got somebody doing you like that, it's just like a burning fire in their eye and you know you don't stand a chance. "Implore them to win it for me because it's not important for them to win it for themselves".
"I thought that Kev's defense was unreal, and it was probably the key to the whole game", Kerr said. But once the Warriors get the ball, there's only so much The King can accomplish.
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Durant scored from every corner of the court. Curry had 15 points in the quarter, going 10-for-10 at the free throw line.
The Golden State Warriors certainly came out like a team ready to erase the memory of and eliminate the sting from losing last year's NBA Finals after building a 3-1 lead on the Cavaliers, only to be on the wrong side of an historic comeback.
"Well, it's been a great run but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series", Kerr said. "It was 2-0 a year ago, we lost".
Curry and Thompson, who finished with 22 points, also connected on four 3-pointers apiece for Golden State, which shot 51.7 percent overall. Durant and Curry then knocked down 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to balloon the lead to 121-99 and render most of the final 6:18 as garbage time.
The Warriors made their Game 1 victory look easy by turning 20 Cavaliers turnovers into 21 points.
It didn't matter in the end. "He's so good at just sniffing out plays before they happen". James scored 18 points in the first half with 10 assists, his most assists in any playoff half in his career. Game 1 it was the Cavs with this problem, but with two days of film to watch and surely having had the message hammered home over those two days, the giveaways were held to a minimum, a total of eight for the first half.
It makes one ask the question how dominant will James have to be when the series goes back to Cleveland to even extend this one to five games? Curry's 10 first-quarter free throws equaled Paul Pierce for most in a Finals quarter. It was one of the most complete Finals games he's ever played, and that catalog is reasonably extensive by now. Thompson played in his 78th postseason game to pass Jeff Mullins for most in franchise history.