Cavs, Warriors will get physical as finals tension boils

The Cavs are slowly diminishing the gap that separates them from the Golden State Warriors and head back to Oracle Arena in Oakland for what has potential to be the most exciting game of the entire 2016-17 season.

Cleveland has won four straight Finals elimination games, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship a year ago and then winning 137-116 in Game 4 on Friday night to extend this series.

Defying the odds again, however, would require the Cavaliers to discover a new level of excellence, even with LeBron James at his best. "I've won one on the road". The team (and fans) need to take everything one quarter at a time.

The same applies to the NBA Finals. In the wake of Golden State's 137-116 loss, when a reporter asked him whether he had noticed that the first technical had been announced as his, Green said: "I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly". "You never want to be in those moments of elimination games, but when you are, you want to be as prepared as possible". "Shoot-around went well, guys were feeling confident and positive, and we came out and we did what we were supposed to do". "We're playing against a great team, and we know you have to play great every single night".

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see a tougher tone from the defending champions in their do-or-die showdown Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

"He hit that one from near mid-court and it looked like a mid-range jump shot... Talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it".

The site had two other big sales for the most prime seats in the arena - one pair was sold for $90,000, while another was sold for $82,000. However, if RJ continues his solid defense and keeps making shots, Frye will probably remain on the bench for the foreseeable future. Will Steph Curry go off? The traps were working when the Cavs brought them, but he missed several open shots that are usually automatic. "They don't just lay down and die", Durant said.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals tips tonight at 9pm on ABC and the WatchESPN app, neither of which will cost you a fortune to watch. Otherwise, the prices for Games 6 and 7 are only going to go up from here. Obviously, Durant is going to get his 30.

Warriors forward Draymond Green is a great quote.

Sports' Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick discuss what we can expect next after a wild Game 4 win by the Cavaliers.

Cleveland took a whopping 22 free throws in the first quarter of Game 1, and had it not made just 14, would have scored well over 50 points.

Game 4 was yet another demonstration of their prowess: James messed around and got himself yet another triple double, his 19th playoff triple-double, and 3rd of 2017 postseason - (31 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) - and Irving hung a 40 point game on what has been one of the best defenses in the National Basketball Association.

Irving has been playing really well over the last two games after struggling in the first two games in Oakland. It can't be all Kyrie & LeBron, the Cavs need the "snipers" to be on target. They can't get ahead of themselves or the Warriors will do what they've done all season long when their opponents let their guard down.

  • Julie Sanders