A year ago, in Game 4 of the Finals, Green's swipe at James' groin led to a Game 5 suspension that began the Cavaliers' comeback. The Warriors lost both games as Cleveland overcame a 3-1 series deficit to snatch the National Basketball Association championship from their grasp.
Kevin Durant scored 35 points but the Warriors could never slow down the Cavs and missed their chance for the NBA's first flawless postseason. Later in the third quarter, while battling for a loose ball, Shumpert ended on top of Zaza Pachulia. Instead, they had their doors blown off as the Cavaliers rolled to a 137-116 victory in front of a raucous crowd.
But on a night when most were expecting Golden State to finish off LeBron and Co. on Cleveland'shome court, the Cavaliers fought back in a different way, using their mental toughness to unhinge the Warriors the same way they did previous year.
"Kaya pa yan, Cavs in 7!".
However... Cleveland's iron grip over the flow of the game was not something they earned completely on their own.
There doesn't seem to be anything that rattles them, so it should be no surprise that on the verge of being swept by a Warriors team James called a "juggernaut" and "beast" before the Finals began, Cleveland dug down deep again. Draymond Green found himself in the sort of emotional rollercoaster that cost him a game past year.
Chaos reigned Friday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat back history. They'll have to make history if they want to win the title this year. (One win) is a step in the right direction. "I want to see how it feels to win at home", he said.
Slow Down The Pace, Get Production From The Bench: This goes without saying, but you can not out-Warrior the Warriors in terms of trying to outscore them. Much like they did past year.
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Cavs try to adjust on both ends after Game 1 beating
You can't go into the game saying, 'Oh, KD is going to have six driving lanes to the rim and where don't get touched and he dunks. Golden State was on a completely different level as it looks to revenge last season's meltdown against Cleveland in the Finals.
Following a stunning 118-113 defeat in Game 3 that saw Golden State finish with an 11-0 run over the final 2:19 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, the only thing James could do is praise the Warriors. The Warriors will need to continue dominating the boards and McGee will certainly give them that edge. We just kept our composure. Thompson played 36 minutes, the most he's played in a game during the series so far.
Will that difference carry over to Game 5 is a question for another day. You hate to get swept, lose two games on your home floor. "But last year is last year, this year is this year. We have won a lot of games playing the way we play, so we're not going to change". "When I look back at it, I was like, 'Oh, I didn't even know this happened, '" Iguodala said.
Cleveland led 49-33 after the first quarter and 86-68 at half-time, the Cavaliers setting scoring records for any half or quarter in finals history. I didn't talk to these guys when I made my decision and say we better make it to The Finals and be up in the series around this time, this exact date, or I'm not coming.
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James hit back-to-back baskets to extend the lead to 20 points, 69-49, as part of a 15-6 run. "I thought they played a tremendous game", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. News flash! This isn't 2016, and the 2017 edition of this year's uber-stacked Warriors has Kevin Durant.
Still, veteran guard Richard Jefferson said following Friday's shootaround the Cavs aren't giving up or giving in. "It's time to put on a show for our fans". "Try to close it out as soon as you can".
Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. "And now that you can look ahead to Friday, all our focus is on that", Curry said.
"I would love to put a dent in that record", he said.