There's going to be a Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Although Cleveland trounced Golden State on Friday night, the Warriors are near unbeatable at home, losing just five of 49 home games this year (including the playoffs). The total stands at 231.5 points, breaking the Finals record of 227.5 set in game 3.
Some variation of those words was written or uttered somewhere nearly one year ago.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers' wonderful Game 4 win on Friday night in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, a user on Twitter Sunday broke down a LeBron James' Game 4 NBA Finals play, and it really is something spectacular.
The Warriors also lacked defensive intensity, especially at the outset, and seemed to try to hit grand slam home runs rather than get great shots whenever they got a mini-run started. "But coming out in Game 5, we feel like if we come to play and we make sure that we focus on our game plan and we bring the physicality and we bring it to them, then we'll put ourselves in a great position".
In addition, Draymond Green, who was suspended for Game 5 past year, will be playing.
It was stunning when the Cavaliers came back to win after Golden State followed their 2015 championship with an NBA-record 73 wins in the regular season.
That one game proved how quickly the narrative can change from "Best playoff team ever" to "lol the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead".
With both squads being relatively healthy, odds are the Warriors will take game 5 from the Cavaliers by about 9 points, according to Bleacher Report. Even Tristan Thompson popped up with easily his most impactful game of the series, which has to be promising news for the Cavs.
"Man, different team", Stephen Curry said, shooting down a question about the familiarity of the situation.
Seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul, stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other and several other dustups. If they can do that, they will be the NBA Champions for the second year in a row. So you just got to take it tomorrow, and it's on us.
The average ticket price on the site for the game is $1,731, ESPN reported, almost 20 percent higher than last year's Game 5 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, when the average reached $1,444.
"We're in a great spot and now we have to capitalize", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. When I say something, I've thought about what I'm going to say before I say it. For them, every game is Game 7 now, and I expect the same effort going forward. "But last year is last year, this year is this year". Although there was some miscommunication between scorers of the game, Draymond Green of the Warriors was not technically fouled twice.
"I don't pay that much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly", said Green.
"I think every offensive rebound they got, they might have hit a three", Durant said.
Now that Zaza Pachulia is the one kicking people in the balls I guess Draymond needs to find another way to stay in the public's eye (and mouth) at all times. At that point, I wouldn't be surprised to see Cavs make history by completing the comeback. Got to come out with some fire and get it done.
Tyronn Lue could have cracked the code as to why the Cavaliers didn't fare well against the Warriors during the first couple of games of the NBA Finals.
Game 4 was nice for Cleveland and all, but it was fool's gold.
And, oh, yes, that 21-point loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4 was the loudest alarm the Warriors have heard since opening night of the regular season, when San Antonio Spurs barged into Oracle Arena and impolitely reminded them that, no matter the number of stars on the roster, victory on most nights in the National Basketball Association is not given but taken. "We're ready to live in it". James, Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers mustered up their best performance of the season.
They couldn't do it in this same situation previous year.
"Me personally, I liked it", Lue said.
The win on Friday, though, may have done more than stress out LeBron.
"Whatever he's doing, he should keep doing it", Myers said. But listen at the end of the day we got some resilient guys. And they were desperate, and they outplayed us. Too many things went right for Cleveland and wrong for Golden State in Game 4 to think that'll happen again. "We look forward to the challenge". But you just want to win.