He escaped Sacramento and ended up with the Golden State Warriors and at 37, is two wins away from his first NBA Championship. And you got to expect them to play, obviously, better at home. The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors by playing defense for an entire 24 seconds, as opposed to giving up "loose balls" and "50-50" plays like they did in Game 2.
"We'll win the next game and see what happens from there", said Cavs forward Tristan Thompson, who might be pulled from the starting lineup to add more scoring punch and defensive versatility.
"We were much more physical today than in Game One and we forced them into 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good", James told reporters in a televised interview from the locker room in Oakland. Most recently, Stephen Curry rattled off a 50/45/90 season last season on his way to the first ever unanimous MVP.
Kerr, a five-time National Basketball Association champion as a player, had been absent since game two of his side's first play-off series against Portland Trail Blazers after suffering complications from back surgery in 2015. The opposing triple-doubles in the postseason were the first scenario of its kind in the National Basketball Association since Game 2 of the 1980 Eastern Conference Finals between New York Knicks guard Walt Fraizer and Milwaukee Bucks center Lew Alcindor.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said his team must stay tougher longer defensively after letting the game slip away in the third quarter and the start of the fourth. "They're 13-0. They're constantly breaking records every year".
Additionally, LeBron James made a point to stop by the Warriors sideline and wish Kerr well. JAY Z, Kevin Hart, Marshawn Lynch and other A-list celebrities were also on hand for the big game.
Rihanna was not seen courtside as she was in Game 1, but this NBA Finals re-rematch of your Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers saw the return of a much more important figure - head coach Steve Kerr, who'd been out since early May with complications from spinal surgery.
Mike Brown and head coach Steve Kerr in action.
Golden State won a league-best 67 games this season.
Kevin Durant had just suffered a knee injury and the Warriors needed a veteran small forward to help out until Durant was healthy.
Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough.
LeBron James made a record-equalling eighth play-off triple-double.
Lebron James also recorded a triple-double with 29 points 11 rebounds and 14 assists for the Cavs. An off-balance KD flicked the ball up while falling backward and being fouled by Love and got a lucky bounce for a three-point play 7:04 before halftime just after Love had hit a 3 on the other end. "But heading to Cleveland, we're going to have to be a lot smarter".
"It's always fun when you've got to make a lot of decisions out there", Kerr said. Listen to the King check the journalist above. "So we got to just keep going, man, keep our foot on the gas and keep getting better every day".
The Associated Press cited Nielsen company numbers Monday and noted the first two games of the third straight showdown between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers averaged 19.6 million viewers, which is a 5 percent increase from past year. Los Angeles swept Portland in a five-game first round series, then won four straight against Sacramento and San Antonio to enter the Finals against Philadelphia undefeated.