Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Steve Kerr will coach Warriors for Game 2 of NBA Finals


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be back on the sideline for Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James tied Magic Johnson for most NBA Finals triple-doubles with eight, and this marked the first time in NBA history more than one player had a triple-double in the same Finals game. Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant contributed 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks and is suddenly on the cusp of his first ring.

How unbelievable is that accomplishment?

Golden State is up by double digits again, 83-73 after the first 3 minutes of the third quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors lead the NBA Finals 1-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mike Brown has been serving as the Warriors' acting coach since Game 3 of the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"Steve's a fighter and for him to be out there when he has a built-in excuse not to because of the incredible pain he's under, it's wonderful", Klay Thompson said after the game.

Already 2-0 down in the series, James got a little testy when asked if Cleveland had to defend home court in the next two games.

Acutely aware of Klay Thompson's recent struggles with his shot but with no desire to join the stream of Warriors coaches and teammates encouraging the All-Star guard to keep firing, general manager Bob Myers offered a different message. Kevin Love had 27 points and Kyrie Irving 19.

The Warriors lead the Finals 1-0 against the Cavaliers. The highlight of the night was this dazzling dribbling display he used to get the best of LeBron in a third quarter one-on-one matchup. His teams have won at least one road game in 37 of the first 40, with the lone exceptions being the 2007 NBA Finals (against San Antonio), the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals (against Boston) and the 2009 East finals (against Orlando).

"He's an assassin", coach Tyronn Lue told ESPN.

Against any other team that kind of performance by James would have ended most games, but not when you're playing the Warriors. "We have not lost, so that's a good indication that it was not a distraction".

"I'm not it's for us to debate", Curry said.

Kerr received a rousing ovation as he returned to the sideline for the first time in more than six weeks, feeling well enough that he plans to coach the remainder of the series. It was deliberate send-up of Michael Jordan's embrace of the Larry O'Brien Trophy as a first-time champion.

"Steve Kerr's a guy I respected even before he started coaching", Lue said.

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