Steve Kerr: Warriors ‘incredibly blessed to be in this position’
The only thing standing in the way of the Golden State Warriors completing a legacy-enhancing series sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals is a Game 4 showdown Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. So, how did Steve Kerr feel waking up Friday morning with the Warriors so tantalizingly close to a third NBA title in four years?
In a word, reflective, which is hardly a surprise for Kerr. But the Warriors coach also exhibited enough awareness to sneak in a witty closing line.
“You know you don’t have a lot of opportunities like this in life,” Kerr said Friday, via Melissa Rohlin of the San Jose Mercury News: “And we’ve been incredibly blessed to be in this position the last few years. We’ve felt both sides of the equation, winning and losing. We’re in a great position. So, don’t mess around, let’s go play our best game. That’s what I woke up thinking. That and I’m going to have two eggs over-medium for breakfast.”
Kerr of course knows how to push his team’s buttons and the expectation is the Warriors will be well-prepared. Golden State obviously has seized total control of the series, and that remains unchanged even if LeBron James and the Cavaliers can eke out a victory Friday night.
That said, the Warriors obviously are well aware of the fact that just having LeBron and Co. on the ropes does not mean dealing a knockout blow will come easily.
The Warriors can insert themselves into the conversation as one of the NBA’s all-time great teams with a victory in Game 4, something Kerr clearly recognizes … along with the realization he has a hankering for a couple of eggs.
And it goes without saying Kerr’s philosophical meditation on the Warriors stands in stark contrast with Draymond Green’s whimsical take on the Warriors being able to close out the Cavs with a Game 4 win.