The Cleveland Cavaliers may be down 1-0 in the series and have added Kyrie Irving to the list of injured superstars (along with Kevin Love), but they do not believe their quest for a championship is over just yet.
Many pegged the Cavaliers as underdogs before the series began anyway — falling into a 1-0 hole and losing Irving to a season-ending knee surgery was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. But, the team itself is not ready to give up.
“Look, we’ve found a way,” head coach David Blatt told NBC Sports. “We won a Chicago series without Kevin [Love] and with Kyrie pretty limited and missing a couple of games or missing parts of games. Obviously, in the Atlanta series the same thing with Kev out and Kyrie out for parts of that series. That’s a credit to the work that all the team has done. Certainly LeBron has recognized the need to take even more responsibility and has done it in a great way.”
While the numbers for the Lebron-led Cavs without Love or Irving in the lineup this season are ominous, the Golden State Warriors are not taking them lightly.
“A lot of people are saying the series is over, but that’s not true,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “This is a team that’s more than capable. They did beat the Atlanta Hawks twice without him, and that was the best team in the East. So you’ve got to respect what the other guys can do. Obviously, Kyrie’s a huge part of their team. He’s one of their best players. But you can’t let your guard down. They’ve still got guys who are more than capable of making plays.”