Even though they won the championship against a 73-win Golden State team when down 1-3, this deficit is an nearly insurmountable challenge against a team with the best record that had added KQ. After spending 7 seasons with the Cavs and reaching one NBA Finals, he felt enough was enough and sought after talent that could help him reach G.O.A.T. status.
Allowing Kevin Durant to take over down the stretch.
That Cavs team had players such as Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova playing in place of the other members of the Big Three, Love, who was injured in the first round of the playoffs, and Irving who was hurt in the first game of the Finals.They stil took it to six games against a 67-win Warriors team. After some missed jumpers by both teams, Stephen Curry made a basket that would spark the 11-0 run the Warriors would use to take game three in exciting fashion. It is imperative that these four guys make significant contributions in Game 3 or the Cavaliers will be one game away from being swept in Game 4.
Golden State at Cleveland, 8 p.m.
Zaza Pachulia has been a tough cover for Thompson through the first two games of this year's Finals and JeVale McGee has been impressive off the bench. He tried to create one in Cleveland with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and it resulted in a championship past year. Tensions are high in this game, but Cleveland has been in control for most of it. Had he gone up unimpeded-well, we'll never know, because Iguodala made sure he was extremely impeded.
Durant couldn't beat the Warriors when he was at Oklahoma City, so he joined them. Yuck, I guess there's more than one five-second rule in the National Basketball Association. Jordan also didn't make the Finals as a 22-year-old with someone like Zydrunas Ilgauskas as his best teammate. The Warriors failed to crown a regular season in which they set a record with 73 wins. Down 3-0, the team has big adversity to overcome to win the championship.
Still, veteran guard Richard Jefferson said following Friday's shootaround the Cavs aren't giving up or giving in. I have said in many write-ups this year that Golden State thrives in these situations. "We understand the task is large, we understand the task has not been done before".
He said they are going to come out as a confident group, play hard and give themselves a chance in Game 4.
"If that three goes the other way, then the whole conversation could be different".
Game Four of these NBA Finals was a clear triumph for the Cleveland Cavaliers, chaos and conspiracy freaks, and a momentary defeat for the Golden State Warriors, historical inevitability and the league's judgment on official selection. However, I also remember another quote from LeBron where he mentioned they need to play more physical against the Warriors. The Cavs might not have the firepower to get past the Warriors, but he isn't going to find more than he already has anywhere else.
He added: "The guys in the '50s would have destroyed everybody".