Cleveland Stays Alive In NBA Finals Against Depleted Golden State


16 June, 2016

No team has ever recovered from a 3-1 deficit to win the finals, and only the 1951 New York Knicks and 1966 Los Angeles Lakers even forced a deciding seventh game. Install on iOS or Android.

The series is heading back to Cleveland because Irving (along with running mate LeBron James) were too much for the Golden State Warriors to handle.

"It (stinks) that it happened tonight with the opportunity we had in front of us to close out a series at home in front of our home fans, and it's a tough feeling", Thompson said.

Speaking for the first time since being banned for Game 5, Green, the Warriors' emotional leader said, "Me not being on the floor to battle with my guys is being a bad teammate".

Green was assessed a flagrant 1 foul by the league after hitting LeBron James in the groin while James attempted to step over him during Game 4. Andre Iguodala, who started in place of the suspended Draymond Green, tallied 15 points and 11 boards but little else was produced by a Warriors offense that converted only 32 of 88 field goals (36.4 percent) and 14 of 42 threes (33.3percent).

The Warriors can clinch back-to-back titles if they win, but if the Cavaliers are victorious the championship will be decided with a game seven in Oakland on Sunday. After Game 5's dual 41-point performances, I thought it was time to check back in and visualize their individual performances within the context of their playoff careers. With the loss of both Green and Andrew Bogut, the Warriors couldn't stop the hot as hell shooting nor the constant driving to the hoop of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Klay Thompson went off for 37 points, including 18 in the second quarter. "That's all we can ask for", James said. The 24-year-old is averaging 28.1 points per game in the series.

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The Warriors know how valuable Draymond Green, center, is.

It was on June 16 previous year when they closed out the short-handed Cavaliers in six games to win their first title since 1975.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he'd prefer playing every other day.

National Basketball Association playoffs aside, on Tuesday afternoon, the Big Ten Network posted some really amusing video of Green. In fact, the absence of Bogut could force the emphasis on the so-called "death lineup" for the Dubs, something Golden State has used sparingly so far in this series. "We're going to miss him".

In Curry's mind, though, all that matters is the end result, so long as that end result is the Warriors' hoisting their second Larry O'Brien Trophy in as many years once Thursday night has come and gone.

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