Kerr 'not ready' to return to Warriors sideline

Higher power: LeBron soaring into 7th straight NBA Finals

Higher power: LeBron soaring into 7th straight NBA Finals

Despite not being included in the top three finalists for the NBA MVP award, LeBron is still widely accepted as the best basketball player on Earth, and he'll need to prove he deserves that title if the Cavs have any plans of repeating as NBA champs this year.

There's been an ocean between them when it comes to who wins more.

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McGee has discovered the ideal place to shine as an alley-oop specialist in a pass-happy offense, and even Stephen Curry admits it's so easy to target the sure-handed big man perhaps the Warriors do so too often at times. But now? Now it just looks kind of disheveled, with LeBron's brilliant dunk and Irving's lunatic three-pointer breaking up the slop.

But it still hasn't led to Kerr feeling well enough to participate in the way he - and everyone else with the Warriors - would like: to have him fully integrated into his job, including patrolling the sidelines during the Finals.

Brown got played out by Cleveland twice and there is no doubt he feels disrespected by Dan Gilbert and the entire organization. Thus LeBron is going to put that record way out of reach. Durant is averaging 25.2 points while shooting a blistering 55.6 percent from the field and 41.7 percent beyond the arc in the 10 games he has played in. The Cavaliers clinched by winning Game 7 in Oakland a year ago, so obviously home-court doesn't mean much. He was fighting a flu bug. He said, no matter if he's coaching or not, he will travel to Cleveland with the team in the Finals.

The Warriors won the 2015 championship by clinching in Game 6 in Cleveland. Curry averaged 20.9 points per game and shot 42 percent from the field. While LeBron has been incredible, he has gotten plenty of help. "I saw the quote from Kevin Love". That may sound like a lot of cash (and it is!) but it's much cheaper than the lowest-priced tickets during NBA Finals' games in Oakland in 2016 ($665) and 2015 ($594). It's not even the star that jolted from Oklahoma City to join Golden State.

Higher power: LeBron soaring into 7th straight NBA Finals
LeBron James soaring into history

They are desperate to avenge last year's Finals loss where their bid to repeat as champions fell apart in stunning fashion when they squandered a 3-1 series lead and lost the decisive seventh game on their home court. No one's ever done that. Last year, the Warriors finished with the best record in National Basketball Association regular season history. However, chasing that mark might have worn them down and contributed to some playoff struggles.

That's actually in the same ballpark as last year's NBA Finals' Game 7, when the get-in price for tickets ranged from about $850 to $1,000 just before the deciding game was to be played. That 112-97 victory started the Cavs' comeback. This isn't new information or at all revelatory that a team with both Steph Curry and Kevin Durand and slew of other good offensive players is hard to contain. He has a huge wingspan.

So, you see, it's close.

Durant and the Warriors have dealt with no adversity in these playoffs. According to Vegas, the Warriors are -260, which means you must bet $260 to win $100. The Dubs didn't attempt to break their own record of 73 victories. "I address the team quite a bit", Kerr told reporters Monday.

No team has gone unbeaten in a single postseason. Durant's averaging 1.1 blocks to James' 0.7 in these games.

This series could be a lot like the 2014 Finals.

James pointed out the difficulties of facing the San Antonio Spurs back-to-back Finals in 2013-2014. LeBron and the gang won't go quietly, however, so don't be surprised if this series goes the seven games once again. It's a 14.5-point jump from the Game 1 total in last year's Finals. Green (+750) is the Finals MVP. That exact result is +380.

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