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Steve Kerr comments on the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry

Steve Kerr comments on the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry”

The Golden State Warriors aim to heap more misery on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday when they meet in a marquee National Basketball Association holiday matchup.

The Cavs (26-16) have lost eight of their last 11.

The Warriors are doing their job in the Western Conference as they're leading the conference by 3.5 games ahead of the Houston Rockets, while the Cavaliers are in third and are trailing the first place Boston Celtics by seven games in the Eastern Conference.

"It's exciting", Thomas said, when asked about anticipating his first taste of the Cavs-Warriors rivalry. They are first in the league in offensive efficiency and third in defensive efficiency.

The Cavs trailed by 27 and 25 points, respectively, at halftime. "If not, it'll be embarrassing". Thomas' poor showing the past two games has coincided with the team's lackluster play of late. But he was vocal during his time on the bench while rehabbing, even if it meant telling his new teammates what they didn't want to hear. Thomas played in the next three games (the Cavs went 1-2) before Lue rested him against the Pacers in Indianapolis on January 12. "They're a tough team, a good team and we're ready to play". I think guys know that. "We're playing the defending champs". Then we ran off 18 out of 19 and everybody loved us. "I've got to work my way back and get my legs back and get my legs back to playing at a high level".

The Cavs lost to the Warriors 99-92 on Christmas Day without Thomas or Stephen Curry (ankle) in their respective lineups.

Thomas looks forward to going against Curry, the two-time league MVP.

"One of the top guards in the world", he said. So it's fun playing against really great competition. It's tough to play against him, but at the same time he's got to guard up, too.

On Friday night against Indiana, Cleveland scored 34 points in the first quarter, racing up and down the floor, getting easy baskets before the Pacers' defense could get set.

"You could win a hundred straight games and face the Warriors and there are still challenges", LeBron James said following Friday's loss, according to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon. Apparently, Klay Thompson is not yet exhausted of seeing LeBron James and company's faces in the NBA's grand stage. "He puts them in a whole different category".

"We're back at The Q, baby, and excited to be home", Lue said after practice. On the road trip, they hit 42.1 percent from the field, including 29.9 from 3-point range. They are on a 12-game winning streak after completing a road back-to-back with victories over the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Thomas seemed to have a good idea of why the Cavs offense has slowed down. "We have really good players". We're going to need that and then you just got to get back to making some shots.

"We can't just sit and watch", Thomas said.

"I'd be shocked if we didn't do it again."
It's just keeping the defense honest and occupied.

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr spoke to the media on Sunday prior to the game and pulled no punches when he described the hostility between the two sides, saying no matter what the circumstances are, "We just want to kick each other's ass".



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