Celtics coach Brad Stevens has an important lineup change to make ahead of Game 4 start Jonas Jerebko.
Why? Better question: Why not? The only thing Stevens has to lose is a series hardly anyone gave his team a pimp’s chance in a seminary to win anyway.
Complications from a recent back surgery have kept Golden State coach Steve Kerr away from the team’s bench since its first-round playoff series against Portland. He reportedly could return during the finals. Mike Brown has been filling in as the acting head coach.
Many assume Kerr’s absence will mean more for the Warriors against the Cavaliers, a much tougher team than those Golden State has eliminated in the playoffs, in a series that certainly will provide adversity thus giving Cleveland an advantage.
With the Warriors being heavy favorites to win the 2017 NBA Finals, it’s no surprise that three of the top four series MVP candidates play for Golden State. Andre Iguodala took the award after the Warriors won the finals in 2015, and LeBron James earned it when the Cavs got their revenge last year.
Iguodala became an outlier when he won the award. He’s the only player ever to take home Finals MVP without starting every game in the series. The odds of the MVP award going to a player on the losing team are slim only Jerry West (1969) has pulled that off.