Steve Kerr on Cavs’ underdog label: ‘Are you kidding me? They’re the champs’

PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was surprised to know that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the heavy underdogs heading into the NBA Finals 2017. Kerr doesn’t want his team to become overconfident as they aim to avenge their embarrassing loss last season.

“We’ve had a great season to this point, a great playoff run. And hopefully, we keep it going,” Kerr told reporters Monday, via CSN Bay Area. “But we fully respect and are aware that this team that we’re playing, they’re the champions. We’re not. I saw the quote from Kevin Love. He said he’s surprised. I’m surprised, too. What the hell is everyone talking about? Are you kidding me? They’re a great team. They’re the champs. We’re trying to take what they took from us last year.”

When Kevin Durant headed to Golden State, the Warriors became the top favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship title. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Warriors as a minus-260 favorite while the Cavs are plus-220. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index says the Warriors have a 93 percent chance of winning the series.

NBA Finals 2017: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

However, it’s just predictions as anything can happen inside the court. Recalling last season, the Warriors were also expected to win the championship title after posting a record of 73-9 in the regular season. In their second straight matchup against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, they grabbed a 3-1 advantage but failed to get another win to capture the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Coach Steve Kerr definitely knows how dangerous the Cavaliers are as long as LeBron James is on their side. The Warriors must focus on winning one game at a time and show consistent performance on both ends of the floor. The acquisition of Kevin Durant undeniably gives them a huge advantage.

Durant is not only another prolific scorer but also someone who can guard James. However, the Cavaliers also made some improvements, especially on their second unit. No matter what the outcome will be, the NBA Finals 2017 will surely be more exciting and competitive than their first two matchups.

Steve Kerr unlikely to return  in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2017

As of now, coach Steve Kerr remains questionable to coach the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2017. Assistant coach Mike Brown will temporarily take his role, serving as the acting head coach. Kerr may not be on the Warriors’ side during games but he admitted that he’s giving advice to Brown behind the scenes.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr

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