The Cleveland Cavaliers have become known for using their hustle and physicality to generate extra possessions and put their opponents into foul trouble early in games, and that is exactly what happened against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night.
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green and Kevin Durant speak to Referee Ken Mauer in the second quarter during Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Oakland, Calif.
Myers told Green: Let's not do this again.
The Warriors are up 3-1 in the series and are looking to win their second title in three years at home.
There doesn't seem to be anything that rattles them, so it should be no surprise that on the verge of being swept by a Warriors team James called a "juggernaut" and "beast" before the Finals began, Cleveland dug down deep again.
Cleveland is hanging on for dear life after a 137-116 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. "So you have to come out with a killer instinct and a punch-to-the-face mentality". "It's like, 'Whoa.' You remember what can be, what can happen". That is, if LeBron James and company can find a way to two-straight victories against one of the best teams ever assembled.
If you thought the officiating was suspect in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, you are most certainly not alone.
Myers chose to stay with Green as he sat out that game last June. "So do we get him the ball more?"
"But I always say the biggest adjustment in the playoffs that you make is always an emotional one". And he's really been able to do that.
Green said his suspension conversation with Myers is a moment "I remember like it was yesterday, I'll never forget it".
Golden State looked to have complete control of the series after coming from behind late in the fourth quarter of Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. "They don't just lay down and die", Durant said.
A win for the Cavs tomorrow and a little bit of doubt just may enter the Warriors minds and take them back mentally to the 2016 Finals where as we all know and "Steph and Company" have been reminded of about 156,399 times, they blew a 3-1 lead.
But that was in Cleveland. In the past four elimination games against the Warriors, Irving is averaging 32.5 points per game on 53.3 percent shooting (55.2 percent from 3-point range). "This is who we are", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said in the wake of the Game 4 win.
Kevin Durant is leading the pack in the Finals MVP conversation, but if Curry has a great closeout game, you could make a strong argument for him over Durant.
Green has stayed just on the right side of the line this post-season, not in danger of an automatic suspension for technicals or flagrant accumulation. The Cavs invited Draymond Green to shoot as much as he wanted, and the strategy has worked the past two games. "He's confining his intensity in a more narrow lane, meaning sometimes he would spill over in areas". We all know about losing a title after a 73-win regular season. They've followed suit in the playoffs, coming into Game 5 with a almost identical efficiency rating of 101.8.
My dad has a semi-annoying, semi-hilarious mantra when it comes to sports; without fail, whenever the officiating staff calls a disgusting game, my dad will say to me, "This game was rigged".