Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

by Frankie Norman May 31, 2017, 6:30

"I think once we get to Game 1, that might be a good time to make a decision one way or the other".

Cleveland overcame a 3-1 series deficit in last season's Finals to rip the title from Golden State, but the Vegas odds - along with basically every metric including the eye test - tell us the Warriors are the favorites by a wide margin. It was then he announced he's taking a leave of absence to find a remedy for the migraines and nausea he's experiencing stemming from back surgery from nearly two years ago.

The Warriors have dealt with adversity - particularly Durant's knee injury and coach Steve Kerr's absence caused by his ongoing back problems.

Arguably, the 2017 version of the Cavaliers might be the best team James has ever been on, but unfortunately, the Warriors roster standing in the way of a repeat championship for Cleveland might even be better. They have four stars between Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green when a lot of teams around the National Basketball Association have zero.

The 51-year-old admitted it is hard to not be coaching during the games after helping put together the game plan ahead of a third consecutive Finals matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kerr is still dealing with complications from back surgery in 2015.

Kerr stepped away from the bench after Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerr said the hope is that Brown will return to practice on Tuesday after this battle with the flu.

"I know I said a few things in the media about the situation he was going through, but I was happy to see him, give him a big hug from myself and my family". With this poor play, James attributed his team's ability to stay in the game to his teammates. But he's also taking my advice and counsel behind the scenes. It's not easy, but he's obviously doing a good job.

"We are both playing at a high level and when you look back on it at the end of the day you'll look back and say that was two great teams who competed for championships". Rarely has a team not won at least two titles in that run - but one of these teams will lose and face that fate. They have played eachother in the NBA Finals for two consecutive seasons and are about to for the third year in a row. The Warriors and Cavs are 1-1 wins apiece entering the trilogy of National Basketball Association championship rounds.

Head to head, the Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the under is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings overall and the under is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings in Golden State.

"As we all know, a 10-point lead at halftime is nothing, especially against those guys". "I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, but I did fine". James joining the Cavs and teaming up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had its domino effect.


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