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Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

12 June 2017, 07:23 | Jackie Morgan

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry's moms adorably celebrated their sons' Game 3 win together

Jun 7 2017 Cleveland OH USA Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry addresses the media in a press conference after game three of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit David Richard-USA T

Going into Game 4, the Cavs, still the defending NBA champions, were in danger of not only getting swept in the NBA Finals, but of having the final act of the embarrassing broomfest occur in their own gym. "So, but I'll be better in Game 5".

Golden State still leads the best-of-seven title series 3-1 and can claim the trophy at home tomorrow.

A Los Angeles-area home that belongs to Cleveland Cavaliers star LaBron James was vandalized - a racial slur was spray-painted on a gate leading to the house in Brentwood, according to police who investigated on Wednesday. But after scoring a basket - which gives the defense time to align itself properly - the Cavs defense was actually good, and tied for 10th in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency, according to Inpredictable, a site that specializes in advanced stats and win probabilities.

James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love know they aren't out of this yet - after all, they came back from a daunting deficit a year ago on the way to the city's first major team sports title in 52 years. J.R. Smith nailed a 33-foot prayer at the end of the shot clock.

Part of the problem is that he spent far too much time off ball. The thing is, he's not the one who blew a 3-1 lead in last year's Final.

"We have championship DNA", said James, who broke Magic Johnson's record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals.

The early-clock defense on the possession was fine, stoning a Richard Jefferson drive, but there was just no bounce and tenacity on the back-side.

But they'll need Curry to be Curry. When these teams compete it's such a huge defensive/offensive stat that can really tip the game in the favor of the team that wins this element. When he plays aggressive and knocks down his threes, the Cavaliers are very hard to beat.

The Warriors couldn't score and then Kyrie Irving hit some deflating shots on the other end. Irving averaged a hair over 25 wins per season in his first three years without LeBron (granted, those were his age 19-21 seasons).

"The last two games we've played Cavaliers basketball".

Warriors: Were trying to become the first team to complete a postseason unbeaten.

Draymond Green, a player in the league known first second and third for the ferocity with which he plays the game could not match the physicality with which Kevin Love played on Friday. Especially me, because that taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor.

For them to do so however they might want to see what went right for the Cavs in this game. He was absolutely atrocious in the first few games, largely because of the multiple bodies the Warriors were throwing at him to neutralize his best attributes.

It's such a shame that the Cavs weren't able to win Game 3 as they would be in great position if this series was tied at 2-2.

"So, this is going to be a fun night and want to just keep a clear focus to what's going on in the present, for sure". The key is can the role players take the confidence they gained in Game 4 and contribute in the same way in a hostile environment on the road?

But there seems to be something special about the Cavaliers guard, something deep in his soul that allows him to steel his resolve and find a way to respond, to shine.

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