Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

Throughout these playoffs, McGee has averaged 6.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and one block per game, all the while shooting 72% from the field and 71% from the line. If they lose, the Warriors take the series and the championship.

Although the Warriors went home for Game 5 last year, up 3-1, guard Stephen Curry won't compare their situation now to last year's. He had been on better behavior in these playoffs, actually trailing LeBron in the leg-kick category in Game 3. The Warriors entered Game 4 with a chance to be the first team in American sports history to come through four postseason series and emerge unbeaten. Certainly not either of Green's technicals, nor the retroactive reassigning of the first of them. "But he knows that".

John Goble, the official who whistled Kerr's technical foul: "In the moment, I thought I had verbalized to the table that the (initial) technical foul was on Coach Kerr". The numbers might seem modest, but they are making a difference.

He wasn't the only Green who had issues with the Cavaliers' fan base this week.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) points to fans during play against the Golden State Warriors in the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. The Warriors lost the last three games of the series.

The referees at Quicken Loans Arena failed to maintain any control over the game and halted any flow the clash could have had with multiple reviews and questionable technical fouls that led to confusion and more delays. Two techs and you're out, after all.

What should I say today?

Officials then went over to the scorer's table for a few minutes, and it became apparent that the ejection was being called into question.

"So our mindset is to try and go up there and get one, which is probably one of the toughest environments we have in this league, along with our building".

Klay Thompson said he wasn't exactly aware of how the calls happened but he figured Green wouldn't put himself in position to get tossed. The Warriors really may be light-years ahead - at least when it comes to sandwich options. His ill-discipline saw him lash out at LeBron James in Game 4 and subsequently earn a suspension for Game 5. As a scrub on that team, he unnecessarily nudged Draymond Green as he walked off the court while Green was doing a postgame interview with Lisa Salters. That average has fallen down by almost 25 points against this stingy Warriors defense in the first two games.

Apparently, Green even contributed to the Cavaliers' record-setting offensive outburst in the first half simply by what he said during the off day.

And use whatever motivation you can. I just didn't want to give up the ball easy that way.

It appears that Irving was referring to this quote by Green during Thursday's media availability: "That is a great feeling, winning on somebody else's floor, celebrating on their floor, celebrating in their locker room, quieting their crowd".

  • Julie Sanders