Steve Kerr was surprised to see another Cavs, Warriors NBA Finals

Golden State's coach says they had more talent and "talent wins in this league"

Daryl Ruiter
June 11, 2018 - 3:06 pm
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Still drying off from another champagne shower, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made an admission Friday night after sweeping the Cavs in the NBA Finals.

He was surprised the Cavs and Warriors met for a fourth straight year in the NBA Finals.

“I watched that team a lot during the year,” Kerr said after congratulating the Cavs on their season Friday night. “We always keep our eye on them, of course, and there have been kind of three different versions of their team. The fact that they got here surprised me, actually, watching them during the regular season.

“It didn't look like they were going to have enough, but what Ty did with his group and obviously what LeBron does night after night is just incredible. They had an amazing run.”

In addition to a multitude of injuries throughout the season, including a 2-week leave of absence by head coach Tyronn Lue due to poor health, the Cavs didn’t retain GM David Griffin, traded Kyrie Irving to Boston and rebuilt the roster with a series of trades in February.

Kerr also conceded that he had doubts about his own team.

“Absolutely, there were doubts,” Kerr said. “The last month of the season was really difficult, and I was hoping we were going to be able to turn it up once the playoffs started, because we did not begin this run in a good way.  In terms of where we were as a group, I think we lost 10 of our last 17, which more than anything was an indication of just how long this journey has been for us.”

Since the addition of 2-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant Golden State has owned the Cavs in The Finals winning the 2017 series in 5 games and finishing off a sweep this year.

“Bottom line is we've got a lot of talent, and we had more talent than they did, and talent wins in this league,” Kerr said.

While the disappointment of being swept in the NBA Finals has yet to wear off, at some point the appreciation for what the Cavs were able to accomplish in the face of a tremendous amount of adversity will hopefully be remembered.