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Steve Kerr calls Celtics best defensive team in the league

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Steve Kerr wasn’t surprised by what’s gone on in the Eastern Conference Finals, as the Boston Celtics boast a handsome 2-0 lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Not particularly,” said Kerr, according to Connor LeTourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle. “Boston is the best defensive team in the league.”

If things indeed pan out to Boston’s favor, this could be the first time in four years that the Golden State Warriors won’t see their bitter rivals in the NBA Finals, likely spelling the end of this rivalry.

The mutual respect and appreciation between Kerr and Celtics coach Brad Stevens is well-documented, as the two have been fond of one another through the years and have admired their coaching styles, despite coaching in different conferences.

The Celtics and the Warriors could potentially meet in the NBA Finals if they can prove superior in their respective conferences, likely giving the start to a new rivalry in the making.

Both coaches have used their genius in their own ways, as Stevens has managed to figure out how to solve the LeBron James puzzle over the first two games, while Kerr has debunked the much-feared iso reign of terror of James Harden and Chris Paul during Game 1, with coach Mike D’Antoni reportedly unwilling to make a major adjustment in his offensive philosophy for Game 2 tonight.