"They didn't do it by luck". Irving has made 14 of his 25 closely guarded shots, good for 56 percent, better than any player in the series who has taken at least 15 shots overall. You have to give them credit for how they played. "They're going to come out and play with a sense of urgency". I think they take care of business. So you have to give them credit. Cleveland fell behind Golden State 3-1 a year ago and came back to win three straight and take the title.
The Cavs started where they left off in Cleveland hitting their first shot, and six of their first seven attempts in breaking out to a 13-9 lead. I have no idea if they are good or bad officials, but I do know that Twitter will give me a thousand reasons that all three of them are blind, suck at life, and couldn't be running a fruit stand, let alone officiating an National Basketball Association playoff game.
"When you're able to focus in for possession by possession and still have your wind and be able to vocally tell everyone what spot they need to be in because you've prepared, it's a hard task", Irving said. "So we have to do that (tonight) as well".
"We've been on each other a lot throughout these first four games", James said. Both teams in The Finals, they both feel the same way. However, in an interview with the press at the NBA Finals, #LeBron James said that his team must play "20 times better" in Oakland if they want to continue to a Game 6 back in Cleveland.
"I'm confident, I'm energetic and positive about the opportunity we have in front of us tomorrow", he said.
The Warriors carried their collapse with them throughout this season, and they will surely hear more 3-1 chatter over the next two days as some pressure shifts to them while the series moves to their home. We believe that we have enough here to win a championship.
"If we don't protect the 3-point line and if we turn the ball over, then we don't stand a chance", the four-time league MVP said. We know it's not going to be an easy game for us. Cleveland fans chanted as they walked toward the exits.
Steve Kerr loves the "appropriate fear" term that San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich uses so often. If you're Tyronn Lue, you may just have to economize your timeouts, use them specifically when JAMES needs them, and try your best to extend stoppages in play any way that you can, in order to keep him on the floor for all 48 minutes. "I think Warriors win in five", a friend texted immediately after the Game 4 defeat.
"You can make a sandwich before somebody even gets out there", Durant said of how it seemed in Game 4.
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.