The Warriors lead 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. Play was stopped at the 3:08 mark after a tussle and technical foul on members of both teams. For the second year in a row, the Cavs must make an improbable comeback if it wants to hoist the trophy. Green, expected to start in the 9 p.m. tip-off, was banished for Game 5 past year for punching the Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the groin in Game 4.
Here is Smith’s most impressive triple from Friday’s game. It might have pushed some stress to the other side.
He has also stepped up his free-throw game, averaging 91.4 percent for his attempts in this Finals series, a big 3.2 percent increase in his usual 88.2 percent free throw accuracy throughout his career. Here’s a preview and prediction for Game 5.
The Cavaliers and Warriors, who have tangled for three consecutive Junes, headed back to the West Coast on Saturday after Cleveland’s record-setting 137-116 victory.
The addition of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors was supposed to do many things. Not going to happen in Game 5.
“They’re coming right after us, so we have to get after them”, he said.
Irving added seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 40 minutes of action. “We don’t knock them off of taking one loss or us getting one win”. And after Golden State dominated the first two games in this series, and then managed to come from behind and win Game 3, the Warriors now return home with the first shred of doubt in their minds in these playoffs.
A year after blowing a 3-1 lead in the finals to lose 4-3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State have regained the silverware.
Still, the series could easily be tied 2-2.
It was a breathtaking performance by Durant and the Warriors, who took back the title they had won in 2015 over Cleveland, only to have it taken away from the Warriors a year ago.
While the price point seems a little high, this largely comes down to letting people live their best lives.
“You can’t turn the basketball over, you can’t take bad shots because you don’t have floor balance”, coach Tyronn Lue said.
Irving said that the Cavaliers “finally settled in”.
“Listen, at the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourself in position to play another game, and we did that tonight and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here”, James said.