Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

Posted June 12, 2017

If Green hadn't been suspended for Game 5 past year, the Warriors might be going for a three-peat right now.

The game was the most physical yet of the Finals and saw James and Durant come face-to-face at midcourt for a heated argument while a play was being reviewed.

LeBron James had yet another record-breaking performance.

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. "That's the craziest thing I've ever heard".

Green said his suspension conversation with Myers is a moment "I remember like it was yesterday, I'll never forget it".

What does matter is the chance to cement his own legacy, one that inspires young players to look beyond scoring as they develop their games. What they don't see on their computers or glimpse on television is fed to them by an armada of sycophants eager to deliver any news that might catch the player's attention.

After two Finals in which his brand of havoc had tipped the balance in so many games, the Warriors have altered their tactics this time around.

"It was just every time we made a push, they would hit a timely shot and they were tough", Draymond Green said.

"No, I feel this is the game we've got to get", he said, "or it's over".

It's a mix-up we know Cavs fans don't buy for a second. Then you add some chatter in there, and that adds some extra motivation.

"No, they got us where they want us", LeBron James said.

"We obviously know you can't just go home and expect to win", Curry said.

Four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant at this time past year was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. If the Warriors develop that killer instinct to put the opponent down when they have them down, then they have a great shot to close out this series on Monday. After passing Elgin Baylor in Game 3, James passed Michael Jordan in Game 4 with his first bucket on the all-time Finals scoring list.

They are all but certain to win these finals.

The Golden State Warriors now hold a 3-1 series lead over the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Last year, the Warriors also led 3-1 but Green was banned from the pivotal matchup after striking Cleveland star LeBron James in the groin in game four. PER GAME. Golden State, was middle of the pack, for what it's worth, averaging around 20 fouls per game during the regular season.

Maybe these chaotic Cavs are just the team to do it. Even in the face of good defense, this team has too many weapons to be held in the 90's.

But this expectation that Golden State were going to sweep Cleveland always seemed far-fetched. Coming back from 3-0 is even more unfathomable than 3-1, and if Cleveland is to make history again, they'll need everyone.

"Maybe more measured", Myers said, comparing Green from past year to now.

A lot went against the Warriors on Friday. The first three games are up 10 percent among total viewers and six percent among adults 18-49.

Despite the obvious foul, Green and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr argued with the refs, and it appeared Green wound up with his first tech.