The Golden State Warriors are no longer undefeated in the 2017 postseason.
However, Cleveland fought back hard and came up with a big victory.
Everything's on hold in the NBA Finals.
"We feel like any game that we walk on the floor we have a great game plan and we expect to win". "We showed that tonight". He has to be more prepared to play through contact with his own physicality.
But it's one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night. "So our mindset is try to go up there and get one".
James and Durant received technical fouls in the third quarter after yelling at each other, two of seven technicals issued in the game, five in a raucous third quarter. No team in National Basketball Association history (in any round) has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
Heartbreak is a concept Warriors fans are well familiar with after last season, and now that they're up 3-1 in the Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers - again - the interwebs were rife with mockery and memes, Twitter comedians across the land eager to demonstrate their originality at your expense. Golden State won the championship in 2015 and Cleveland took the title a year ago.
"Cavs in 7! Cavs in 7!"
Just the way Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue likes it. "But we knew what we were faced with". Then the Cavs drubbed the Warriors in Game 4. Now, Golden State fans are holding their breath. "So I just told guys, I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment". "If it's talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it".
Looking at Thompson's performance in the game, while Thompson was masterful in positioning himself so that there was always a smaller defender on him after a shot went up. "Not going to overreact to one. Going home is a good feeling, but it has to go with playing better".
Whether it's his lightning quick dribble, supreme confidence that doesn't seem to waver or ability to score from nearly anywhere on the court, Kyrie Irving seems to be at his best when things look the bleakest for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"And when those opportunities come, then you kill it".
"I said it after we won the Eastern Conference finals that we're getting ready for a juggernaut", James told reporters of the Warriors.
The same could be said about Kevin Love, who was 1 for 7 in Game 3 and also hit a hefty bunch in Game 4 like Irving, but Irving's looks for threes can take more time to develop, so it's probably more important that he has a good night rather than Love.
There were more hits in Game 2 than Game 1, more tussles in Game 3 than Game 2, and Game 4 was loaded with confrontations, sneers, jostling and nastiness.
But after getting moved off the ball at times, Irving played much better in the two games at home. Pachulia could have been tossed, but was only given a technical, as was Shumpert. The Cavaliers are the second-best three point shooting team in the league, they have LeBron James, and they have a point guard who rarely misses at the rim with his right hand. The champions had 49 points in the first quarter. We lost. They beat us and we tried to get better.
"Maybe they would have traded other players, maybe not re-sign other players".
Okay, so the Cavaliers won't get off to quite the start that they did on Friday (they scored an National Basketball Association record 49 points in the first quarter), but they still must set the tone. Comedian Kevin Hart and National Football League star Odell Beckham Jr. were among the courtside celebrities. Last game, in Game 4, I thought that's who we are. "That's just how I'm built". And that was my barometer.
"I'm sure it's going to continue".
Cavaliers: James was swept by San Antonio in his first Finals appearance 10 years ago.