You really get the feeling that the Cavaliers missed out on a chance to make this competitive series after they blew Game 1 so I'm not surprised that they're now 48 minutes from a series sweep. But this year tested Kerr's ability to handle a team full of superstars that had grown so accustomed to winning that they got bored, complacent and sloppy.
"We'll see what happens", James said.
As he often mentions, it's generally not about Xs and Os with this team. The second was that it would be the final game James plays for the Cavaliers. Appeared in their 26th NBA Finals game, moving past Atlanta/St. Louis into 10th place all-time. Curry's four-year run beginning in 2014 has been one of the best stretches for any National Basketball Association superstar, and while he has two regular-season MVP awards to show for it, he continues to get shut out on the league's biggest stage. Do his sons want to follow in his footsteps, and go to St. Vincent-St.
After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the West finals, the Warriors pushed aside James and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span. The playoffs were the real season, and everyone knew it.
But James' jaw-dropping play this postseason was just part of the massive melodrama that surrounded the Cavs this year.
"I let the emotions get the best of me and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand", he said.
"They both sound awesome", Kerr said.
Nadal, Gasquet excited to lock horns
On tap Sunday, the fourth round begins with Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco colliding for a 15th time. Stephens next faces Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who won 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4) against No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova.
"I haven't been able to reach [the players] the last month", Kerr said after the game. "I'm exhausted of my voice". "I've got a Game 5 outfit". "But what's most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio". "So, definitely a different year, just overall, personally with injuries, as a team with dealing with injuries, dealing with the kind of expectations that have been placed on us from the outside and the noise around us as a team".
"The one thing that I've always done is consider my family".
The Warriors blocked 13 shots in the game, with Curry and Durant joining Green with three apiece. There's so much talent on the court between the Warriors and Cavs, that-at least in Golden State's case-it can sometimes be hard for the individuals to distinguish themselves. For one thing, last year's series went to five games, with the Warriors finally winning 129-120 on June 12, 2017 back in the Bay Area.
Cavs have four players tally double figures in the Game 4 loss.
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He gave players more rest days, and often gave them more recovery time than necessary following injuries. It was down the hall covering itself in champagne while LeBron sat silently at his locker and contemplated. And he'll have to deal with a whole new set of obstacles next season.
This year, there's been a toughness to go along with the finesse. The fact the Lakers are armed with enough cap room to credibly chase a pair of max contract players, plus have a roster full of young players to turn into more pieces that are ready to win, make them a formidable challenger.