Irving saves his best for when Cavs face Finals elimination


The total stands at 231.5 points, breaking the Finals record of 227.5 set in game 3.

Cleveland Cavaliers centre Tristan Thompson (13) shoots between Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard Klay Thompson (11) at Oracle Arena, Oakland June 4, 2017.

"They boo me and thought I had a tech I didn't have, so that wasn't sharp", Green said. "They didn't do it by luck".

"You've got to give them credit for how they played". We haven't played great thus far, but there's no pressure on us.

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. "But listen, at the end of the day we just got some resilient guys".

The Cleveland Cavaliers live to fight another game as the Wine and Gold upended Golden State, 137-116, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night.

The question for the Cavaliers is whether or not those shots are replicable to the point that Irving can continue his hot streak for three more games.

Let's revisit a quote from King James himself after Durant buried a deep 3-pointer over him to shock the Cavs in Game 3: "It's the most firepower I've played in my career".

"No, I feel this is the game we've got to get", he said, "or it's over". "It's just fun", he said, "and I felt better. So we have to do that (tonight) as well".

On the surface, the Cavs have a basic game plan: limit turnovers, defend the three-point line and play with the physicality they showed in Game 4. As exemplified by Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers are not going down without a fight.

On Sunday, Irving was asked what goes into preparing for an elimination game.

"It's hard to take the ball out of his hands", the Warriors' assistant coach said.

Here's what you need to know about Monday's game. Fans may question the wisdom of some of Draymond's emotional outbursts, but they can not question his dedication to his team nor his dedication to winning at all costs-even when he goes out of his way to draw the ire of his opponents.

After barely showing up for the first three games, Cleveland's role players finally showed up in their Game 4 victory. Game 4 then saw him make six out of his eight three-point attempts and guess who won?

If the Warriors can close out the tough-to-eliminate Cavs on Monday, they would become the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A's finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.

On the other side, Durant is the leading scorer of the series with 34.3 points a game and Curry is good for 25 a night. Being down 3-1, we understand that it's a predicament that we put ourselves in. "We know what our keys to victory is".

"First of all, I think it's great for basketball", James said "For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it's pretty great".

Seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul, stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other and several other dustups.

"Me personally, I liked it", Lue said. "I thought the first two games [we] were being too nice". And they're coming off a historic performance Friday after sinking a Finals-record 24 three-pointers and scoring an eye-popping 49 points in the first quarter and 86 by halftime.

Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5, Steph Curry wasn't healthy throughout the playoffs, and the team was mentally and physically tired after chasing the regular-season record. If you're prepared, then you're prepared.