James, though, wouldn't concede the Cavs have the Warriors right where they want them. He's 38 percent from deep in his career, 40 percent this season and averages only 2.5 makes from 3 per game. "So our mindset is try to go up there and get one". In the span of a week, the conversation around the Warriors could shift from "greatest ever" to "greatest disappointment". No finals team down 3-0 has even forced a seventh game since 1951. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again. Here are few things that would need to happen.
The reporter told Durant that he was asking to explore the notion that the Warriors wanted Durant to avenge their Finals collapse a year ago. This is what Cleveland can control.
Green did get whistled for a technical foul in game four Friday for a flailing arm, what was momentarily thought to be an ejecting offense as a second technical. However, both teams remained composed for the most part, and nobody was tossed from the game. "We knew what we were faced with (being down 3-0)". We're trying to examine all hypotheticals here. Durant and James were assessed double technicals for arguing with each other at the 7:30 mark.
Curry's fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, on Cleveland's fast Game 4 start and the Warriors' lack of response: "They hit us first".
"When I have the ball in my hands, I just have to be a little bit more aggressive than I was in Game 4", he said. That's a good recipe to give yourself a chance.
Cleveland scored 49 points in the first quarter, an NBA Finals-record for any period, and opened an 86-68 lead at halftime, with James totaling 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant need to finish off the Cavaliers in game 5 for the sake of their legacies. One big reason they switch screens is that so the other three defenders don't have to get involved in the action and can keep passing lanes closed off.
If you think the 3-1 memes and tweets are bad following Cleveland's game 4 win, it would be deafening following a Cleveland win in Oracle game 5. Cleveland, now trailing 3-1 in the Finals, outmuscled and outplayed the Warriors on just about every possession avoiding the humiliation of a sweep. "I don't know. But they played "Hit The Road Jack" and I didn't have to hit the road, so I didn't think that was that sharp".
Take a deep breath everyone, the Cavaliers are still alive. If Curry can force the issue, and if Golden State gets some stops and has its transition game going, everything just seems more normal for them.
The Warriors escaped Cleveland with a 1-1 split, and a return to Cleveland would mean a game 7.
The Warriors lead defending champion Cleveland 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and can capture their second crown in three years by winning Monday before a home crowd. Williams is incredibly important to this team, as insane as it sounds. They finished with 68 points mainly due to Kevin Durant's continued excellence on the attacking end.
Richard Jefferson set less than three ball screens per game in the regular season and just 20 in his nine games through the first three rounds of the playoffs.
Curry's play in last year's playoffs became a hot topic of debate, both during them and long after they were completed.
Shumpert said the physical nature of the defense against Curry isn't created to bully him into submission.
The celebrating after Game 4 was done by Cavaliers fans, not Golden State players, their families or anyone else dressed in blue and gold who came looking for a historic party. A kick to one of those guys, or to the outside, could create instant points after a miss.
But the Cavs have now won a single game.
"You can tweak some things, but are we going to play hard?", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said when asked about possible changes to his rotation.