Comeback Cavs End Warriors Perfect Postseason In Game 4

"I was hoping they would get exhausted, but they didn't seem to get exhausted tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Game 4, which ended just after midnight. Not only do the bench players need to be physical and contribute, but the starters outside of the big three must make an impact in the box score. The Warriors hit only 11 3-pointers from 39 attempts, while the Cavaliers had a ideal percentage 24 of 45. The team ignored fan requests for greetings and autographs as they entered the hotel with serious looks, and their headphones on.

Cleveland had an insane first half, totaling an NBA-record 86 points. Expect Curry to come back in Game 5 ready to post big numbers. "He's been huge for our success the last three years, and they did a - they have done a great job of putting him in the game plan and neutralizing what he does best, and that's offensive rebound and giving us extra possessions", James said of Thompson afterwards. The Cavaliers made history a year ago when they won the title: Before they did it in 2016, no team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. Maybe he will, I don't know.

J.R. also had a tremendous game shooting the ball and being aggressive, including a 35 foot bomb late in the shot clock that kept the momentum from shifting to the Warriors. But, you know, it was too one-sided for me. Up 3-0, there certainly wasn't any real urgency or desperation in Steve Kerr's script.

The Cavs made 24 of 45 3's in Game 4 to stun the Warriors, 137-116, and send the series back to Oakland for Game 5 on June 12.

There remains much work to do for Cleveland, which still needs to beat Golden State three straight times, including twice in the insane environs of Oracle Arena, but at least they have a chance. "So, I stood my ground". "That stuck with me and it definitely (led to) a conscious effort to make sure that I stayed aggressive, especially in that fourth quarter down the stretch". Remember, the Warriors - for all their dominance this spring - were down 25 points to San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and came back to win only after Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was knocked out of the series with a sprained ankle. Raising both his arms to egg on the home fans after getting his first shot in, James wore his heart on his sleeves throughout the game, even getting into a heated one-on-one exchange with Kevin Durant. They lost in the 2015 NBA Finals thanks to the absence of Irving and Kevin Love, but they bounced back with the win previous year, and they had a good chance of defending. Despite what happened past year, the Warriors will probably hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy soon enough.

If not for Cleveland's Kyle Korver missing a 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3, the series would be 2-2.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and teammate Kyrie Irving (2) celebrate during the first half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. The Cavs set Finals records for points in a half (86 in the first), in any quarter (49, first quarter), and 3-pointers (24).The Warriors blew their chance at a ideal 16-0 playoff record and had a 16-game winning streak stopped that dated to the regular season.Now, as this series shifts to Oakland, Calif. Monday night for Game 5, the Finals sits at exactly the same spot where they did a year ago.

"It's part of the rules", James said Thursday. He wasn't telling me that I was having a nice game, or that I was a nice guy, or that I was his favorite player, right? "If I felt better, I was going to do it". But the Warriors have an improved roster with the addition of superstar Kevin Durant.

OK, so we didn't get to see the first 16-0 championship run in National Basketball Association history.

  • Julie Sanders