LeBron wants 'much better' from Cavs in Finals

Lynette Rowe
June 5, 2017

Want to prepare for Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night with some corny jokes about the competing Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors?

“Hes one of the best shooters we have ever seen, ” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "Mike is flawless", Kerr said. "And as I said, the intention is to go the rest of the series". I did that, and I'm feeling well enough to coach.

Kerr took over as the Warriors' head coach in 2014, leading the team to an NBA championship in his first year and to three straight NBA Finals appearances.

The Cleveland coach says Kerr is someone he respected even before he started coaching and is glad Golden State has its leader back.

Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown has been filling in for Kerr during his absence. Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, seated from left, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warri.

The Warriors wanted to give Kerr every opportunity possible to make a return.

But LeBron put the Cavs on his back - reminiscent of last year's Finals - and it was his 18 points and 10 rebounds that had Cleveland down just three, 67-64, at the half.

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In Game One, LeBron was making mental errors on a scale we're not used to seeing with eight turnovers and you could argue that was exclusively down to the mental and physical exhaustion of having to defend Durant. I think the complimentary guys have to have an impact of some fashion because they were pretty much nonexistent in Game 1.

"They've been informed throughout the process", Kerr told reporters.

The Warriors organization had repeatedly preached that Kerr's health was the most important thing moving forward and said the coach was not on any sort of timeline to return.

“Im just trying to play possession by possession, ” Thompson said. "That Mike guy did a good job".

Former coach and player Al Attles said it was "terrific" news.

Attles received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night. "It's not a reflection on who was coaching". I didn't send out a group text.

Kerr explained why he was stepping away from the team during the Portland series. The 2016 NBA Coach of the Year had previously sworn off additional surgery and advised anyone suffering from back issues to avoid the procedure. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn't gotten almost enough help. "It didn't matter who I was guarding, I was trying to make it tough on them just to get a good look". "But it's good to be back".

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