CLEVELAND - Judging by Steve Kerr's attitude and disposition, you would think the Warriors were up in the NBA Finals instead of trailing the Cavaliers, 2-1.
But Kerr has been in this position as a player and coach and has the utmost confidence his Golden State Warriors aren't done the way some talking heads are predicting.
During his nearly 20-minute interview session with the media at Thursday's shootaround before Game 4, Kerr joked with reporters, was concerned about one's health, complimented another's reading list, and when it was time to be serious, he was serious.
"We're angry at the way we've played and we're angry that we're down 2-1," the Warriors head coach said. "I'm angry too. I may not show it, but I'm not happy."
The Warriors hope to channel that anger, slow down LeBron James and find their own offensive firepower in Game 4 or else they could be on the brink of elimination. Kerr believes they will.
"We just have to do what we do better," he said. "We won 67 games this year. We're a good team when we're playing our style. There are some things we can do to try to get back to our style, our pace. Our biggest adjustment is being more like us, and playing like us."
NBA MVP Stephen Curry hasn't played up to his usual level the past two games. He shot 5-for-23, including 2-for-15 from three, in Game 2. He started slowly in Game 3 and came on late after the Cavaliers built a 20-point cushion. Curry finished with 27 points but Cleveland won, 96-91.
James has been the best player, averaging 41 points, 12 rebounds and 8.3 assists. The Warriors haven't double-teamed James much in the series. Kerr said there would be some adjustments for Game 4, but also said there are risks.
"You can pick him up full court, you can trap him, double-team him, but those are perilous things to try," Kerr said. "There's one particular highlight when the Red Sea parted and he dunked on the entire arena. You got to be a little careful.
"We can mix things up a little bit. Obviously you have to find the right balance. They surround him with three-point shooters. You don't want to let shooters get going but we have to be able to slow LeBron down as well.
"I actually think we've done a decent job defensively in this series. But they're controlling pace and tempo. Those are things we'll have to try to shift. We've got a few things we can do and we'll experiment during the game with whatever we can to try and get things going our way."