Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals
Jun 12 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The Mercury News' Tim Kawakami called it an imperfect game for everybody involved, except for the Cavs: "The Warriors played terribly at the start, they gathered themselves to make it competitive into the third quarter, and then that third quarter was some of the oddest stuff in recent playoff history".
CLEVELAND-The NBA Finals had its feistiest moments in Game 4 on Friday night in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.
Some variation of those words was written or uttered somewhere nearly one year ago. Cleveland also set a new National Basketball Association record for the most points in the first half of a Finals game with 86 points.
"We were in attack mode", James said. "People can talk about it in historical context, but you just get it done, win the series and let everybody else talk". We did that, and hopefully we can do it Monday night. Jordan scored 1,176 points and connected on 1,463 free throws in six Finals.
"I think it did a little bit (get out of hand)", Green said of game four.
And while the comments didn't come across as excessively brash given that they were from Green, Irving said the Cavs were offended and inspired by them.
A different set of circumstances surrounds this year's series, however, and the defending champs will be hard-pressed to do the impossible again. "We set a lot of records since we kind of assembled this team the last couple years".
"I was hoping they would get exhausted, but they didn't seem to get exhausted tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Game 4, which ended just after midnight.
Golden State brought a 3-1 lead back west but then took the floor without Green, who was suspended for accumulation of flagrant foul points, and couldn't stop LeBron James or Irving. Not only did he have one of his best career games at the most crucial time, but his idol made it known he accepts the growing comparisons between the two.
"We're in a great spot and now we have to capitalize", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
The 2017 NBA Finals is now averaging a 12.8 metered market rating through four games, up 5% from a 12.2 in 2016. "I understand that, but we knew what we were faced with. But we'll go tee it up again".
Green is three technical fouls away from the seven technical foul threshold that leads to automatic suspension. That's up from 12 percent past year. Durant and James were assessed double technicals for arguing with each other at the 7:30 mark.
Here's a look at odds and Finals MVP prop bets for Game 5 as well as a pick. I've won one (championship) on the road. Especially me, because that taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor. Got to come out with some fire and get it done.
Curry said the Warriors will be ready to answer the Cavaliers raising their game. They needed only 87 to score 137 points.
"It shows me how important I am to them", he said after the game.
They'll still have to earn it against a James-Irving combo that totaled 71 points in Game 4.
We'd remind you about that time LeBron took his talents to the Miami Heat to join an all-star cast, but to what end given your short-term memory loss?
The ClevelandCavaliers have staved off elimination while preventing the Golden State Warriors from pulling off a postseason sweep. "We have a great opportunity to give ourself another opportunity to keep going".
They couldn't do it in this same situation past year.
"You can't", James said. "It causes too much stress, man". "As I asked him, he told me to keep playing".