Like Love, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is surprised to see Golden State considered the favorite to hoist this year's Larry O'Brien trophy, believing Cleveland should be taken more seriously after winning last year's championship.
"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," he added. "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."
While Cleveland may be the defending champion, Golden State has looked virtually unbeatable through the first three rounds of the playoffs, becoming the first team to start a postseason 12-0 with a Game 4 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
The Cavaliers will have the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong beginning Thursday when Game 1 tips off at Oracle Arena.