Cavs, Warriors Reportedly Won't Face 'Extra Discipline' After Wild Game 4

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2017

"It has been great for our team with his ability to take big shots and knock them down".

Golden State would rather forget that monumental collapse past year, when Green's absence for Game 5 because of flagrant foul point accumulation helped swing the series.

"We love how aggressive Kyrie has been", Cavaliers star LeBron James said Sunday.

The only thing funnier than the dead-in-the-water Cavs winning game Game 4 would be the dead-in-the-water Cavs winning Game 5...and Game 6...and Game 7.

To Jefferson's credit, he is referring to the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in last year's Finals, giving Cleveland their first championship. In the span of a week, the conversation around the Warriors could shift from "greatest ever" to "greatest disappointment".

"We were up 3-0".

Someone asked LeBron this question: How did your approach to the game and your style of play evolve between the first Final you played in (in 2007) and this one?

If not for Cleveland's Kyle Korver missing a 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3, the series would be 2-2. "We want to put ourself in position to play another game".

It's no secret that the Warriors don't have the thickest skin. Outside of James, Thompson is the most physical player Cleveland has.

"Nah, I really don't pay much attention to anyone in Cleveland, honestly", Green said. For all the talk about Green's calmer demeanor this postseason, he has thrown fits in Games 2, 3 and 4, and probably should have picked up two technical fouls on Friday.

James and Durant received technical fouls in the third quarter after yelling at each other, two of seven technicals issued in the game, five in a raucous third quarter. We're trying to examine all hypotheticals here.

On Monday night, the Warriors will once more attempt to close out their second championship of coach Steve Kerr's tenure - this time with the fiery Green on the court to start Game 5. And Zaza has been bad.

The Ringer's Danny Chau said the Cavs played "exemplary basketball" on Friday: "The Cavaliers' game plan was sound: For the first time all series, Cleveland made a concerted effort to force the prospect of scoring on the Warriors' less lethal weapons like Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston". That's a good recipe to give yourself a chance.

The Cavs scored a Finals record 86 points in the first half and then held on during a wild third and fourth quarter that included technical fouls, James jawing with fellow superstar Kevin Durant and Cleveland's crowd roaring like a jet engine. The Warriors will score in bunches, so it's better to be in front by 10 when that insane run inevitably comes than behind 9.

"And getting swept is something that you never want to have happen". "When we've got guys - like Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson], me, [Kevin Durant] - picking up two, three fouls in a hurry, it's tough to bring the physicality". Keeping up with this offense is the name of the game. But when Irving, his streaky co-star, is backing up LeBron's mega numbers with his own, the Cavaliers either win it or are in it until the end. They shot 27% from three in Game 3, but that number rises to 32% if you take out his 0 for 7. Thompson had 11 total boards in the first three games of these Finals. Charles Barkley said he was "gravy-training", piling on with a great team to win his first National Basketball Association title and buff his reputation as a big-game player. He is not that old (32!) and has a pair of 14-point games this postseason. Cavs fans will either come around on Williams or long for the days that Matthew Dellavedova, first team All-Grit, was backing up Irving. He finished with 10 boards, including four on offense. They don't figure to shoot as poorly again at home, nor should the Cavaliers expect to have a 39-point advantage from behind the arc. At some point, it would be nice if the guys carried him. That's the hardest challenge, when you have that type of emotions, to channel it. It won't happen. Okay, it could happen.

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