The Warriors lost Game 5 previous year when Green was suspended, then he came back for Game 6 with a relatively pedestrian (for him) eight points, 10 rebounds six assists, 3-for-7 shooting in 41 minutes in Cleveland's 115-101 victory to tie the series. We knew it would take something insane to match the Warriors, but what they put forward was simply the greatest first-half offensive display in NBA Finals history. In Game 3 we just - down the stretch we couldn't make any shots, and they did.
In the 2016-2017 regular season, Thompson averaged 9.9 rebounds per game (3.8 offensive rebounds) in 58 wins compared to 7.8 rebounds per game (3.4 offensive rebounds) in 20 losses.
There doesn't seem to be anything that rattles them, so it should be no surprise that on the verge of being swept by a Warriors team James called a "juggernaut" and "beast" before the Finals began, Cleveland dug down deep again. That said, as long as they have LeBron James, who led Cleveland to the first ever 3-1 Finals comeback last season, we have to consider a 3-0 comeback a possibility.
No matter how you look at it, allowing Kyrie to blossom into this lethal assassin while bring Kevin Love over and convincing him to become the third wheel is one of LeBron's greatest achievements.
For all the sublime abilities of his Golden State Warriors teammates, such as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers are fully aware of what Curry represents.
National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James wouldn't have returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers if it had been his family's decision. He netted 27 points in the June 19 finale, while Green had a game-high 32 points. "It's whatever you need to get yourself ready to play". "This doesn't feel right, let's avoid this, move forward, '" Myers recalled. And look, he hasn't lost any of the intensity and he hasn't lost his edge. And he's really been able to do that.
I respect the Cavaliers, but I would think they would aspire to better, cleaner wins.
Green said his suspension conversation with Myers is a moment "I remember like it was yesterday, I'll never forget it".
The Warriors lead defending champion Cleveland 3-1 in the best-of-7 series and can capture their second crown in 3 years by winning Monday, June 12 (Tuesday in Manila time) before a home crowd. It's an encouraging one for the Cavaliers, trying to be the first team to rally from 3-0 down to win a playoff series. So we know what our keys to victory is. But Harrison Barnes, who was replaced in the lineup this year by Durant, managed just five and Andrew Bogut (remember him?) was held scoreless. 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.
But that was in Cleveland.
And as you well know, the Cavs won Game 4.
That's Green's style, and his flagrant-foul accumulation previous year and his rapidly growing technical-foul count in these Finals are more evidence.
But it seems like an even more improbable task than it did past year. But he's learned how to focus that intensity.
"Kyrie [Irving] has to have 40, they gotta hit 24-25 3's, they gotta get JR [Smith] getting a few 3's".
Those fans who bet on Durant to win the NBA MVP should be patting themselves on the back as OddsShark listed Durant as a +200 favorite before Game 1, so those who bet $100 would stand to make a $200 profit.
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