Golden State looks to clinch at home

Associated Press

Associated Press

The Warriors captured the 2015 title in Cleveland with a 105-97 victory in Game 6. The only way to avoid it, though, is with a robust reaction to the wakeup call they didn't think they needed.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see a tougher tone from the defending champions in their do-or-die showdown Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

The face value of the exact tickets is unknown, though some court side seats for the Finals have a face value of around $3,000 a piece.

To hear them tell it, they're eyes have been appropriately widened. I mean, if you have the opportunity to do that - is it fair that the Cowboys added Deion Sanders? Cleveland had a 39-point advantage on three-point shots and only won by 21.

"We just didn't play well at all", Steph Curry said when asked about losing the physical battle in Game 4.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) reacts after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in game four of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. He missed a combined six games - and parts of two others - in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and upon returning had both moments of brilliance (his 40-point performance in an overtime win in Portland in his first game back in the second round, his 38-point performance in Game 4 of last year's Finals against Cleveland) and moments where he just didn't seem to have the same burst he did during his brilliant regular season (when he was unable to drive past Kevin Love in the final minute of Game 7 against the Cavaliers).

In the same position as a year ago, the Warriors enter Game 5 with a different outlook - and what feels like a team in a different place.

Durant has been sensational in this series, averaging 34.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 52.3 percent overall and 43.3 percent from three-point range. They're at home, they've been provoked and they're still the deeper and more versatile team. "We may do some of that".

"You've got to give them credit for how they played. A lot of things happen in the league that you can't really predict but that would be good for everybody involved". We're healthy, we got Kevin Durant. "That's up to us".

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been saying they're a better team when their backs are against the wall. They also have to try and make history again, like they did past year when they became the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

That can easily extend into the betting market, as game 4 of the NBA Finals demonstrated. "They don't just lay down and die", Durant said.

"We obviously know you can't just go home and expect to win", Curry said. And they can duplicate that.

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

Cleveland isn't the outside shooting team it showed in what will be its last home game of the season.

"They're going to view this as a game seven situation", Cleveland's Richard Jefferson said. "They have done it throughout the whole playoffs". 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.

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