LeBron James dunks over Kevin Durant in Game 5

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2017

"You hear some chatter going on throughout the Warriors locker room in terms of them trying to end it here, and it was another do-or-die game for us, and we had to leave it all out there", Irving said.

With their backs against the proverbial wall, facing the prospect of being swept out of the 2017 NBA Finals, the Cavaliers played the best game of the season and handed the Warriors a decisive 137-116 beating in Game 4 at the Q on Friday night. Meanwhile, on the Fox Sports TV side, noted LeBron James fan Shannon Sharpe said on "Undisputed" Monday morning why he thinks the series will go to a Game 7. You can have a couple bad games, they're human, not going to have great games every single night, and I'm just happy for those two guys to be able to bounce back these last three games and play well.

With the lead back to 10, Tyronn Lue had to call a time out and although LeBron gave them momentary relief with a dunk, the Warriors kept pushing the pace and isolating Durant on Korver. McGee rejected it. Lue wants the Cavs to do the rejecting from now on.

If you believe one ex-NBA official, we can expect more of the same as the Association attempts to get the series back to Cleveland. "I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it". We didn't seem that nervous in Game 4. We know it's not going to be an easy game for us. "Talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to get that edge, you got to do it". It wasn't about the Cavs being nice.

They couldn't do it in this same situation past year. I think they take care of business. "They did a great job, their front office and their players, by doing that recruiting, the things that they did in the summertime, and obviously it paid dividends". Losing Game 5 and inviting another implosion would add a thick layer of tension to Golden State for the remainder of the series. Where's the pressure on us? Kyrie Irving said he was aware the Warriors wanted to finish a 16-0 romp through the postseason and celebrate a title on the Cavs' court, just as they did in 2015. No team had ever squandered a 3-1 lead in the Finals and lost. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face. We're the defending champs.

"Winning a championship is enough motivation". "We just got to play with more force, energy and just lock in defensively". There never has. There's never been that.

The Cavaliers are down 3-1 in the NBA Finals. "We feel very comfortable".

I'm not so sure the Warriors will shoot 28 percent from 3-point land again, and I'm certainly confident the Cavs won't be making 24 3-pointers or hitting at an unbelievable 53 percent from downtown. Now that they've found a rhythm, the series has taken on an entirely different complexion.

"Some people would say that he's on the toe of - like he's on the line of greatness", Irving said. "The aggressor usually gets the whistle and they were the aggressor". They adapted to the physicality.

The 2017 NBA Finals serves as a rubber match of sorts between the teams. Being down 3-1, we understand that it's a predicament that we put ourselves in.

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