While James has delivered - he had a triple-double Sunday night in Game 2 - it hasn't been almost enough against the superstar-laden Golden State Warriors. Kerr had undergone a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but was not well enough to return until Sunday.
"He's a great player", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.More news: PS3 production ceases in Japan
James, who last month overtook Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader, was coached by current Warriors acting coach Mike Brown with the Cavaliers, who appreciates the streak and the longevity James has shown in reaching eight career NBA Finals, the last seven in a row.
"That's why he prepared the staff the way he did in his absence, and he came back and we just wanted to keep the ball rolling".
Fellow starters Tristan Thompson (eight points, four rebounds) and J.R. Smith (scoreless) were invisible again and no one on the bench stepped up leaving King James helpless for much of the night.More news: Osinbajo Excitement as Acting President visits Calabar
Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery.
"He's been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he's got", Curry said of Kerr. "Implore them to win it for me because it's not important for them to win it for themselves".
"I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had we tried to execute it as close as possible", James said.More news: Yankees hit 4 home runs in 8th inning, belt Blue Jays
James and Love combined to make 24 of 41 shots, while the rest of the team shot just 36 percent with only Irving even reaching double-figures. It also matched Paul Pierce for most in a Finals quarter. Golden State Warriors forward David West (3) defends a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. Thompson played in his 78th postseason game to pass Jeff Mullins for most in franchise history.