June 28, 2017

Draymond Green Stands by Remarks Made About Cleveland

13 June 2017, 08:23 | Jackie Morgan

Kevin Durant


A lot can happen. Will Steph Curry go off? Also, though, this was the game last season, Game 5, where Draymond Green served his series-turning suspension. This year is no different. "We did that Game 4 and we got to have that same type of effort and even more in Game 5". "The past is the past". And finally in Game 4 we broke down a little bit of the door, a little bit of getting that monkey off our back of having the pressure just exclusively be on us. "As far as the 8½, if they win by just three, they're just as happy".

And the knee? How bad was it?

McMenamin: "So you've only watched 2012 and this year?" Were you playing at 70 per cent? 80?

But it seems like an even more improbable task than it did a year ago. Whereas he was 5-for-12 out of the pick-and-roll in the opening two games of the series, he's 12-for-16 since.

It's also the mentality the Warriors carried into Game 4 in Portland, where they piled up a 28-5 first-quarter lead and won by 25. Thanks to extra physicality and a three-point barrage by the Cavs, not to mention a game that was bogged down by officiating, Golden State was unable to complete the sweep.

The Cavs have tried to attack and defend Curry the same way this series as they did a year ago, except it largely hasn't worked.

It's hard to argue that Cleveland will pull off a win, simply because Oracle Arena is proving to be a near-impossible place to play.

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

"Our key is to limit certain guys", James said.

And he's probably, nearly certainly, correct. Last year, the Cavs did so at the Oracle Arena in Game 7.

Why the Warriors will not succumb to another Cavaliers comeback. When a fan buys on the Warriors' resale site, it generates a new verified bar code that assures the buyer that there aren't any other people with the bar code that they have. 2-9 from deep, 4-13 overall for 14 points just isn't going to cut it - especially if Klay Thompson's shot isn't falling either (4-11 for 13 points in game 4).

"Oh no way, I know they're going to close it out tonight". "When he's getting 39 points off 2s, you can live with that".

James: No, they got us where they want us. If they lose Game 5, they will be nervous past the point of superstition.

"They're coming right after us so we have to go after them". They exposed that and took advantage of it.

"I don't like it", James said.

But Curry will need to be at his best, if only to shed any lingering questions about his ability to thrive when the stakes are highest. "But there's some things we can do to free him up, and we'll try that tomorrow".

"I think that in Game 1 and 2, as well as part of 3, just definitely got caught up in trying to find that rhythm with the basketball in my hands", Irving said.

In Game 7 last season, Green was arguably the best player for Golden State.

He'll be facing double teams for that precise reason. Kevin Durant was the Warriors MVP through the first three games (so much for that "he's riding the Warriors' coattails" to a title, he's asserted himself) but Curry was right on his heels. The Warriors' All-Defensive forward Andre Iguodala could do nothing as James towered above him to slam home for the two points.

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