CLEVELAND – For all the reasons people anticipated and likely paid attention to the Golden State-Cleveland game Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena, one did not register for Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
Yes, Kerr acknowledged prior to tipoff of the headliner among the league’s Yuletide slate of five games, it is Christmas.
Yes, Kerr said, it’s one of only two meetings we’re assured of getting between the reigning champion Cavaliers and their 2015 counterparts, the Warriors.
Yes, it was a matinee and yes, the limited schedule meant that a majority of the NBA’s players, coaches, staff and fans were available to view the game.
But no – a big no, in Kerr’s view – nothing guarantees that Sunday’s game will get revisited when the 2017 Finals begin in early June.
It almost seems like heresy to suggest, but there is a possibility that Golden State or Cleveland or maybe even both no longer will be standing by then.
“Both teams will be competing like crazy and trying to win,” Kerr said, “with the idea and knowledge it probably won’t mean anything later on in the season. There’s so much basketball to be played, so people shouldn’t draw too many conclusions out of this.
“Mainly because, just to get back here and for them to get back to our place, a lot of things have to go right.
Article source: http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/25/warriors-coach-steve-kerr-says-there-are-no-guarantees-summer-engagement/
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