Speaking to reporters more than 90 minutes before tip-off of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland, Kerr – in his third season as the Warriors’ head coach – figured it was time to again reference his mentor’s axiom. There’s going to be a Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals. They added an MVP to a 73-win team after being up 3-1 and then KD was up 3-1.
Altercations are nearing the point of getting out of hand, said Warriors forward Draymond Green, who missed last year’s fifth finals game after a suspension for striking James in the groin. “You remember what can be, what can happen”.
They went up 3-0 in the series but ran into a determined group of opponents last Friday night in Cleveland. He took a swipe at James’ groin in Game 4 after the Cavaliers superstar stepped over him.
J.R. Smith had five of them, which is four more than he had in Games 1 and 2 combined. “I hope we’re a little more nervous“.
“Just try to take it slow”, Durant said of Monday’s approach. And he’s really been able to do that.
“Me personally, I liked it”, Lue said Sunday.
Green said his suspension conversation with Myers is a moment “I remember like it was yesterday, I’ll never forget it”.
It’s not impossible to think that the Cavs could storm back and make this a series, but it will be a tough task considering that Golden State is hosting Game 5.
Now Cleveland is trying to become the first playoff team to overcome a 3-0 deficit, but that requires a road win Monday. Kevin Durant is a leader as well in the race for the NBA Finals’ Most Valuable Player Award, as he posted huge numbers in the title bid of the Warriors. There was no doubt who was better and who deserved to win Game 4.
The Warriors team is one of the best squads of all time, winning 73 games a year ago, and having both of the last two NBA MVPs.
A lot was said before these Finals about the non-competitiveness of the National Basketball Association playoffs – the Warriors became the first team in history to start the playoffs 15-0 and sport a point differential of 13.8 points, while the Cavaliers lost just once before the Finals.
But that was in Cleveland. Irving averaged 39 points in the last two games while LeBron set an NBA Finals record with his ninth triple double in Game 4. Even with the Cleveland Cavaliers roaring back with a big game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena, the odds remain firmly in favor of the Warriors, according to CBS Sports.
“Being down 3-1, we understand that it’s a predicament that we put ourselves in”, he said.
“He does a great job of just affecting the game on both ends of the floor so you just try to keep a body on him, understanding that he can get hot in a matter of a second”, Irving said.