Is Stephen Curry playing too passively in the NBA Finals?

If the Thunder held on to their 3-1 lead in last year's conference finals against the Warriors, then Durant probably isn't wearing a Golden State uniform.

"We have to be 20 times better in this building", said James, who has won at least one road game in 29 straight postseason series. If he's getting 39 points off two's, we can live with that.

Go ahead, back them into a corner. I don't see anything amusing or anything to smile about.

"We have to be physical at the point of attack". But there's only so much you can do against certain guys. A game 5 loss in Oracle would lead to doubt and an insurmountable amount of pressure on the Warriors going into a game 6 in hostile Cleveland.

In the first three games of the series, the Warriors' backcourt had mostly outplayed Cleveland's. You get punched in the face you want to respond. Not only are they primed to win the title, but they have a system in place where they can be winning championships for years to come. "We know what we have to do". They broke the Finals record for most three-pointers in a game in the THIRD QUARTER.

No team has erased a 3-0 deficit in any series. That's always been our mindset every time we played them in the finals: "try to limit his touches, limit his shots and make someone else do something". 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. I'm not mad or anything, but I'm just saying at this point, it's the Finals and I'm trying to stay where we are. The Cavs needed to break records just to beat the Warriors in Game 4 and I'd love to see them repeat that performance on Monday, but I expect the Warriors to learn from their mistakes and cap off their season with a blowout win at home.

If the Cavaliers could have scored in the final three minutes of game 3, this series would be headed back to Oakland tied up at 2-2.

What could be a coronation might also give the Warriors a coronary issue. There never has. It's been about them proving that a year ago was a fluke, KD validating the move here, which it's been validated. Despite last year's comeback, James knows the Cavs must be that much better in Game 5 because of Durant's presence.

Irving played just one game before injuring his knee in the first Finals meeting between these teams in 2015. In Game 4, things were different, the Warriors got a taste of their own medicine. That wasn't the case previous year, with Green suspended for the contest and Durant still a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I stick with my guys", Lue said. But, yeah, it definitely doesn't affect me going in, nor does it affect the mindset of going in and just leaving it all out there on the floor.

"So it's all things that happen bad aren't that bad, when you take a step back and look at them". Being down 3-0 many wrote off the Cavaliers and predicted an inevitable sweep. In Game 4, the Cavs got back to form making an fantastic 24 threes accounting for 72 points.

But Green kept pushing the rhetoric on Friday, because that's just what he does - he has been trash-talking the Cavaliers (who are trash-talking right back) the whole series, and he had that weird episode with the officials on Friday when it was assumed he'd been ejected for two technical fouls but the refs went back and clarified that the first technical was actually called on Steve Kerr.

  • Salvatore Jensen