Irving saves his best for when Cavs face Finals elimination

Wednesday, 14 Jun, 2017

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", said James, playing in his eighth consecutive Finals. "Or, s--, it's over with". I expect us to come out with a level of focus that we have had this entire series, minus Game 4.

A big reason for that bold prediction is that the Warriors did not control transition like they had in the first three games, where they scored 99 points on fast breaks compared to just seven points on transition in Game 4.

Curry will need to be back to that kind of player again in Game 5 to finally put away the Cavaliers, to chase away the demons from last year's collapse. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City.

Nearly certainly not. Oddsmakers have made the Warriors an 8.5-point favorite as of Sunday night, and Golden State has won its three home games against Cleveland this season by an average of 25.3 points.

Ready for Cavaliers to aim and launch, as they did in raining a Finals-record 24 3-pointers in Game 4.

Curry's line in Games 5-7 of last year's Finals? He then famously drilled the go-ahead, title-clinching three-pointer in Game 7.

Thompson had 10 alone in Game 4, including four on the offensive end that gave Cleveland extra opportunities to score and prevented the Warriors from getting out in the break.

There's two possible ways to frame this.

Either way, Irving sounded delighted. I'm not sure that Green has much to worry about as the series shifts back to Oakland, but it seems unlikely at this point that the Warriors will be celebrating in the Cavs locker room again. I have definitely failed a few times.

"When I say something, I've thought about what I'm going to say before I say it", continued Green. There's no other option. LeBron James wouldn't be denied at least one victory in the Finals. At times, there is very little intrigue during the regular season.

Has "Elimination Game Kyrie" officially reached the point of a trend?

The last time LeBron got run like this in the Finals, he left the aging Heat to return to Cleveland, which had stocked up on assets through years in the lottery. "They won the championship", Thompson said. No, we just continue to come out and play our game, continue to do what we have been doing since day one in training camp, and looking forward to going out there [Monday] and having some fun. Additionally, he registers fewer assists. We all know that LeBron is great enough to win games by himself, but against the supreme talent that the Warriors hold, Kyrie has to shed some of the attention off of LeBron and onto himself. In his terminology, Irving adopts the "Mamba Mentality", a reference to mentor Kobe Bryant's oft-professed love for taking the final shot.

At the time, Durant called the leadup to his decision the most challenging few weeks of his National Basketball Association career, and even said it was not about winning titles but about personal growth and quality-of-life choices. "Everything that I carry my whole life, I've had that".

Curry's played three near-flawless games in the Finals and one dud.