Former Warriors Guard: Cavs 'got Lucky' in Game 4 Win

Hazel Gray
June 13, 2017

In your average 7 games series, a 3-1 lead for a team is the equivalent to a finished series.

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 deficit for the second year in a row? Every year's different, every playoff series, every game, but we just are a team that never count ourselves out. LeBron did it. No team in Major League Baseball history had ever come back from down 3-0 to win a series prior to 2004.

"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".

If the Warriors hope to end this series on Monday night, they'll need to control the pace and run the floor.

Game 3, minus the exhausted ending, and Game 4 were reminders they're still the Cavs of the 2016 postseason, a team that can shoot threes and rebound around James and Irving well enough to win games going away. "I just think Game 4, the difference was Kyrie hitting seven 3's". At the very least, they must dictate the mood of the game early and can't let the Warriors get comfortable at Oracle. Even if this were true, the Warriors do not need social media remind them of what happened a year ago.

In their regular season game in Oakland in January, the Cavaliers went 9 for 34 in a loss. A year ago, Steph Curry's wife, Ayesha, accused the National Basketball Association of rigging games, and during Cleveland's Game 4 victory, Green's mom tweeted, "These OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY PAID!" adding multiple poop-face and money-bag emojis to her tweet. J.R. Smith was arguably the only player to arrive before Game 4, and he repeated his solid showing in Game 3 on the offensive end while holding Klay Thompson to just 13 points after he exploded for 30 the night before. LeBron is now averaging a triple-double in the NBA Finals against arguably the most stacked team in the history of basketball. Through their first three losses combined, the Cavaliers left 36 points unanswered for.

But in Game 4, he got loose for a playoff career-high seven 3s on the Warriors.

Durant is the odds-on favorite to win the series MVP award should the Warriors prevail.

In 116 minutes with Pachulia, McGee or West at center (not including garbage time), the Warriors have allowed 117 points per 100 possessions.

Stack up the odds, Cleveland conquers them. Indeed, the Warriors' 68 points in the first half was the most they had scored in any half in the Finals. Game 4 in Cleveland should serve the Warriors as a nightmarish foreshadowing as to what they could be in for in a game 6 back in Cleveland.

It's true, in both Games 3 and 4, the Cavaliers went right at the Warriors in the opening minutes, and opened up with 32 and the aforementioned 49, respectively. Not right after Game 7, anyway.

However, it seems as though they crafted a playbook of creating fouls from flops that they've relied on for the last two games of this Finals series, much as they did last season.

Game Five of these NBA Finals is supposed to be the coronation of the Golden State Warriors as the new Greatest Team In The History of The Third Dimension And All The Ships At Sea. And if the Warriors held on to their 3-1 lead in the Finals, then he really isn't here. The Cavaliers outscored Golden State 72-33 from beyond the arc.

Stephen Curry needs this win for his legacy in the NBA Finals. However, Curry fell flat at just the wrong time in Game 4. By facilitating the jersey switch from the New York Knicks to the Cavaliers, LeBron will grant the wish of his pal to one day wear an National Basketball Association ring, the chance of which will surely be boosted wearing the Cavs colors. More than most scorers, his effectiveness is based less on the defense he's facing and more on whether his rare ability to make contested shots on slithery drives from odd angles is working on that particular night. Unless Steph Curry wins Game 5 by himself and Durant disappears from the picture (or if Cleveland pulls off the all-but-impossible comeback), Kevin Durant can exercise his championship demons with a ring and a Bill Russell trophy. He has received criticism for being too soft and lacking a killer instinct.

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