Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5
Jun 13 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Now, as the Warriors try to close this series out, the focus will be squarely on Curry until the Warriors win the championship - or until they somehow allow the Cavaliers to engineer what would be the biggest comeback in National Basketball Association history for a second consecutive year. Last year, it was a 3-1 deficit. Or are we going to do what we did (in Game 4), which is allow 3-point shooters to get open, get broken down at the point of attack, give up offensive boards? For the second year in a row, the Cavs must make an improbable comeback if it wants to hoist the trophy.
It will be hard for anyone not to think about a year ago - particularly if the Warriors are unable to close this series out Monday night and it heads back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Thursday.
I've been doing this for 16 years.
Durant made the most controversially move in the National Basketball Association since LeBron took his talents to South Beach.
OAKLAND, USA - Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry promises more aggressive play in Monday's, June 12 (Tuesday in Manila) fifth game of the NBA Finals after being kept to half his playoff scoring average.
They struggled from long range, hitting only 28.2 percent, but will likely feel better back at home in Game 5.
Game 5 is scheduled for Monday at 9 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. With all of the Warriors' big guns healthy, the Cavaliers understand where they stand.
While other teams fanbase might take that as a hopeless case, in the words of Kevin Love: "We've been here before".
From the moment the Cleveland Cavaliers extended these NBA Finals to a fifth game thanks to a 137-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, the story line for the three days leading up to Monday night was set.
Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durantsaid Dubs teammate Draymond Green didn't call him immediately following the team's Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals a year ago, a claim made by the defensive stalwart last week.
Still, the series could easily be tied 2-2. Add to that the fact that the Cavaliers know they face an uphill battle to come back and beat Golden State, and I think the odds have swung heavily in favor of the team from the Bay.
"I thought we got some of the same shots throughout the course of the series", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. Just like Steph, Kevin Durant has to close this series out in game 5 for his legacy.
One witnessed Cavs charged up for Game 4, getting involved in some strong physical battles, which helped them emerge victorious.
Those fans who bet on Durant to win the NBA MVP should be patting themselves on the back as OddsShark listed Durant as a +200 favorite before Game 1, so those who bet $100 would stand to make a $200 profit. We love the truth, the truth is important and facts do matter. "We have been in this situation before". "We never felt like we were out of the game".
Irving scored 40 points in the Game 5 win at Golden State past year, hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 7 and scored 40 more on Friday, raising his average in those elimination games to 32.5 points per game.