Nothing encapsulated that better than one of the three moments that - besides James's incredible block on Andre Iguodala and Kyrie Irving's go-ahead 3-pointer - came to define Game 7 of the NBA Finals: Curry's inability to get past Kevin Love when matched up one-on-one with him on the perimeter.
Kerr, 51, led the Warriors to the 2015 title before last year's defeat and said his side would have to play "smarter" in game three of the best-of-seven series, which takes place in Cleveland on Wednesday (02:00 BST on Thursday). "I did that. I'm excited, and it's good to be back".
When the Golden State Warriors got together at the start of this season, they had plenty to prove as a group after last season's collapse against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. So the flawless play-off mark was not overly lauded.
"And we have done a great job of getting everyone involved and making sure that everyone feels comfortable, but now we need everything and everybody". "I don't know why things got worse", Kerr said.
But we suspect that had much more to do with the great drama of last year's Finals, rather than the lopsided displays throughout the 2017 postseason.
In real time, Cleveland's two losses in Oakland looked lopsided, but Irving said the tape revealed some positives. "But it will mean something". The final two buckets - Jonas Jerebko's jumper and Avery Bradley's game-winner - were both a result of the Cavs losing Bradley on a screen, because one player switched and his teammate didn't.
"To see him back on the bench was huge", Curry said.
Curry scanned the box score after the game, skipped past his triple-double, and pointed out his eight turnovers as an area he needs to shore up.
"I can't recall being associated with a team and a player like LeBron that is so locked in, so knowledgeable about everything the opponent does", Drew said. Klay Thompson had 22 points for the Warriors.
To free up more offensive opportunities for James, Irving and Kevin Love, Cleveland's other players need to produce more points.
He, too, shrugged off individual glory. "We know how hard it is to be the best team in the league", Durant said. "And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we've got to be much better too".
"Well, it got a little out of control towards the end but we're not anxious about that. Every mistake you make defensively, they make you pay, and you saw that", Lue said.
"We get a chance to go home now to our crowd where we play well".
Yes, the Warriors won the first two games at home by a significant margin. "He's not wavering, because the Cavs are going home for Game 3 and will stay the course", a source close to the Cleveland organization told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY! James did not attempt a single drive in the second half and finished the third and fourth quarters with three transition baskets and four points in the paint.
Cleveland has to run Golden State off the perimeter and avoid switching screens as the mismatch isolation situations is what the Warriors are looking to create in their halfcourt offense.