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. I guess they made it a rule. "They work well together", he told reporters on Saturday during practice in Oakland.
The game's defining sequence came in the third quarter when Curry used a dazzling display of dribbling to dart past the much-bigger James and finish with a layup off the glass. In different ways, but familiar sights again after re-emerging to give the Warriors even more to feel good about, just in case controlling the game and the Finals as a whole isn't enough.
Golden State converted the turnovers and offensive rebounds into 39 points, allowing the Warriors to pull away despite shooting just 42.5 percent.
"Much more physical today than we were in game one". And we just got to do a better job of finishing at the rim to make those guys come to us.
Durant had six dunks in the first half alone to match his most ever in a game, Curry hit six 3-pointers and the Cavaliers looked like the team that stumbled down the stretch in the second half of the season.
"We can't let Durant get easy baskets like that", Lue said as his team practiced at Warriors headquarters amid a media frenzy.
In the middle of the third quarter of Sunday night's Game 2, LeBron James picked up Steph Curry at the three-point line. Even with the win, the Warriors have had a better record with substitutes Luke Walton and Mike Brown at the helm (50-4) than with Kerr coaching the team (119-29) since the start of the 2015-16 season. "He's grown and stepped up and been a better player off the ball, not turning his back on the ball. It motivates us to win for him". "We had a lot of guys who played exceptionally well individually and we played with great energy".
They also improved to 14-0 in the playoffs - the longest postseason winning streak in National Basketball Association history - as they bid to become the first team to go undefeated in the postseason.
"Physicality being brought to the series is going to be huge for us in setting the tone", Love said.
In short, the Cavaliers need everyone to be better if they're going to stand a chance in this series.
Klay Thompson emerged from a postseason-long shooting funk to score 22 points with four 3-pointers while playing more stellar defense and pulling down seven rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 18 for 43 from deep. They have to play the next two games in the cauldron that is Quicken Loans Arena, and they have some cleaning up to do after committing 20 turnovers.