The Warriors Roar Back

It was all fun and games as the Cavaliers got ready for Game 4 at home against the Warriors. Coming off of two-straight wins, Cleveland looked to shut the door on Golden State and take a 3-1 lead back to Oracle Arena. It was obvious the team felt good about their position, as J.R. Smith rolled into the arena in style:

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Some Golden State players mentioned to the media that they think they found some ways to pick up the pace and scoring. Steve Kerr made some changes to the starting lineup, going small and inserting Andre Iguodala over Andrew Bogut. It didn’t look too effective at first, as Cleveland jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead.

But the Warriors fought back. Igoudala’s ability to run the floor coupled with his defense on LeBron James really made a difference. Doubling down on James to get the ball out of his hand was also a plus. Stephen Curry still had not found his stroke, but Golden State went into halftime up 54-42 and feeling good.

Cleveland punched back to start the third. More LeBron and some of Timofey Mozgov down low helped to mount a comeback for the Cavs. Many players struggled from beyond the arc, but still Cleveland topped Golden State 28-22 in the third. Just down by six, the Cavs were within striking distance.

James started the fourth on the bench to get some much needed rest. Without him, Cleveland’s offense looked anemic. Golden State scored at will and the home crowd was silenced. All the momentum they gained through the third evaporated when no one in a home uniform could hit a shot. The face’s of Cleveland fans everywhere must’ve changed like Kanye’s as the Warriors made a run:

Golden State ramped up their defense and continued to hit shots to turn the game into a blowout. The 103-82 win was the largest of the series. Iguodala and Curry finished the game with 22 points each, but the biggest factor was the effort and energy from the role players.

This is getting exciting. The series is knotted up at 2-2, effectively making it a best-of-three series. In NBA Finals history, the winner of Game 5 of a tied series wins the championship 71 percent of the time. At this point, it’s all about who wants it more.

 

 

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