November 19 2017

Irving saves his best for when Cavs face Finals elimination

November 19 2017, 06:47 | Jodi Jackson

Or 137 in a game. For one, instead of Harrison Barnes, who averaged less than 10 points per game in last year's Finals, the Warriors upgraded to Kevin Durant, whose 34.3 points per game average might have him in line for Finals MVP. LeBron James and Cleveland, looking down and out only days ago in an 0-3 hole, now have some momentum after winning Game 4 and they will try to stave off elimination once more. "Like I said, I think because of experience". "They didn't do it by luck". We did a good job of that. "You can't take away everything from great players and Steph is one of those players". It's not only because we didn't play well. They exposed that and took advantage of it.

For the second straight season, the Cavaliers trail the Warriors 3-1 in the NBA Finals entering Game 5 at Oakland's Oracle Arena.

The Cavs' two All Stars dominated the final three games of last year's Finals and they're starting to find their groove. So you just got to take it tomorrow, and it's on us. "I mean, they're coming right after us, so we have to go after them".

"I expect us to come out guns blazing". Though the Warriors would have loved to successfully complete their 16-0 postseason run, they don't have to be too discouraged after Friday night's game.

The second quarter started with more cold shooting by the Warriors, strong defense by the Cavs and a James slam over the outstretched arms of Durant. There is no room for excuses and a win in Game 5 for Warriors will cap off an incredible Playoffs, where Kevin Durant has excelled in all the departments in the debut season.

Richard Jefferson was downright disrespectful when asked about which team now has the pressure on it with the series shifting back to the Bay Area.

"Being down 3-1, we understand that it's a predicament that we put ourselves in", he said. "We know what we have to do". He played Zaza Pachulia way too long, especially in the third quarter, instead of going with Green at center. 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.

"Bringing a physicality, being physical", Lue said. And after struggling mightily from beyond the arc in the first three games, the Cavs finally exploded in a big way by hitting a playoff-record 24 three-pointers on a sizzling 53 percent shooting.

"There's some things we can do to free him up, and we'll try that tomorrow", Kerr said.

"And when those opportunities come, then you kill it". "For us, every game's a game seven".

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