The 51-year-old was on the bench for the first two games of the Warriors' opening-round series against Portland, but turned over the reins to assistant Mike Brown for the remainder of the Trail Blazers series, as well as the four-game sweeps over the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals and San Antonio Spurs in the Western finals.
"It has been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job", Kerr said. The Cavs came back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 to beat the Warriors a year ago, but that was before Golden State added Durant.
LeBron James had an incredible game, going for 29 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds on 12-18 shooting, but ultimately the game was decided by the lack of help he received from his complementary players, or rather their inability to match the Warriors' production from LeBron on down.
"We know, trust me, we know". He shares the mark with former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
"But it does mean something".
"When I'm done, I'll probably look back on it and say it was a cool feat". "Much more physical today than we were in Game 1".
Kevin Love scored 27 points for Cleveland while Kyrie Irving added 19. Klay Thompson had 22 points for the Warriors.
He, too, shrugged off individual glory.
"We know this is far from over. So we've got to be much better, too". "We know, trust me, we know. We're going home, the crowd will be behind our back and we have to go out there and play". "They're going to keep coming man and there's a lot of work left for us to do and you got to expect them to play better obviously at home and we're going to need to play better to win on the road", said Durant. "Every mistake you make defensively, they make you pay, and you saw that", he said.
Reports say the two used to work out together at James' house in Akron, Ohio back in 2011 during the National Basketball Association lockout, when one day they hit up the studio to record the unreleased rap song, as the two are already big hip-hop fans. Hopefully we get to hear the song one day.