"They're a better team too".
"I've been talking about this all season". He took a swipe at James' groin in Game 4 after the Cavaliers superstar stepped over him. They're going to make adjustments.
The Warriors have been the favorites to win the series since before these two teams even played their first game. This time, it was a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 hole.
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.
According to most experts, the Warriors were supposed to be celebrating their 2017 NBA Championship in Cleveland following game 4. You have a three-zero team (Warriors), we're the greatest thing since sliced bread, and everyone is fantastic. There are plenty of breaks the Warriors could give the Cavaliers, but we'll work under the assumption here that the Warriors will shoot around 40% from three, remain healthy, and not see Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have bad games. But on Friday night, that took a sharp turn. "All the energy is going to something positive, I would hope". Golden State will be at full strength this time, and while the Warriors have finally lost a game, they haven't lost any confidence.
In the Game 4 victory, the former Rookie of the Year rattled off 28 points in the first half, scoring in a variety of ways ranging from shake-and-bake step-back jumpers to left-handed floaters over a top-notch defender - sorry Klay Thompson.
Curry did hand out 10 assists, but the Cavaliers were finally able to keep him off the boards, snagging five rebounds after piling up 23 over the previous two games.
In this play, the Cavs jump Durant on the pick and roll, but Durant quickly drives away from J.R. Smith. He returned from a thumb injury before the end of the regular season, but hadn't found his rhythm in the 2017 Playoffs - netting double-figures just twice in the lead-up to the Finals.
A ideal postseason run was right within the Warriors' grasp. He was a non-factor in game 4, and he needs to have a dominant game 5. "We didn't have any of that in Game 4".
The Cavaliers coach said there wasn't enough physicality at the beginning of the series. "If you're leaking doing the things you know how to do, don't assume because you go to something else that the dyke isn't going to be leaking more".
Against any other opponent, James' numbers would dominate.
Durant is averaging 34.3 points and 8.8 boards in this series.
The win on Friday, though, may have done more than stress out LeBron.
Looking at Thompson's performance in the game, while Thompson was masterful in positioning himself so that there was always a smaller defender on him after a shot went up. He's welcoming that challenge with open arms and expects to play like he did in Games 1, 2 and 3.
Can the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 deficit for the second year in a row? Bogut was injured in the game and missed the rest of the Finals.
Now they need the biggest ever in the NBA's postseason. "They're a different team also".
Oddsmakers just don't like Cleveland's chances of winning in Game 5.
Green is playing Monday night.