The Warriors will have to do it without power forward Draymond Green, who is suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after he was assessed a flagrant foul 1 by the league for his actions against Cavaliers forward Le Bron James in Game 4 on Friday night.
Stephen Curry found his long-range touch and scored 38 points as the Warriors rebounded from a 30-point loss by beating the Cavs 108-97 in Game 4 and taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
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James was booed again as the Cavs left the court for their locker room, but thousands of fans had already made for the exits minutes earlier."Now, mind you, to repeat a performance like this would definitely be tough, but whatever it takes to win," Irving said.
Cleveland handed Golden State just its fourth defeat all season at sold-out Oracle Arena, denying MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors a chance to celebrate another championship with their golden-clad "Strength In Numbers" supporters. must try to win on the road, just the way the Warriors did last year and also in their only other championship season out West in 1975.
He says there is no further motivation needed."I just think that it's the NBA Finals," Kerr said Sunday. And because of our versatility, I feel like we'll be able to do that."The Cavaliers will have to overcome huge odds to win the next three games.
Only 10 teams in NBA history have rallied from 3-1 down in the playoffs and no team has won the championship after falling behind 3-1 in the Finals."We've already got to take a flight home back anyways, so we might as well come home with a win and play on our home floor again," James said of Monday's game.
He was assessed a retroactive Flagrant-1 for his swipe at James in the fourth quarter of Friday's Game 4.
Tied 61-all at halftime Monday, the Warriors missed 14 of their first 20 shots out of intermission and shot 7 for 24 in the third as James and the Cavs grabbed command by doing all of the little things on both ends of the floor - the very intangibles Golden State desperately missed without Green's high-energy presence on both ends.
Individual guys step up and play pretty special and have special efforts and come out with a win."Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue doesn't see Green's absence as being a deciding factor."He's the heart and soul of their team, but we've still got to play," Lue said on Sunday. We've got to go out and win the game and take the game.
So it's a big suspension on their end, but we've still got to play."Golden State set an NBA Finals record with 17 3-pointers on Friday night, outscoring the Cavs by 33 points from beyond the arc.
"I told the guys when we left -- we have to come back to Cleveland anyways, so why not come back and play a game. Our backs are against the wall, so we've got to be prepared to win just one game."Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.