"I thought the first two games we were being too nice". Although I originally picked the Warriors in five, I altered my prediction to Warriors in four after the first three games of the series. "It raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it", Irving said.
The Warriors took the lead at the 6:37 mark in the second quarter, and although Cleveland made some formidable runs, getting within three points early in the fourth quarter, Golden State didn't let up until the final buzzer sounded and the confetti fell from the rafters.
The Warriors took their only loss of the playoffs in Friday night's Game 4. The result was that during his 22 minutes, Jefferson was able to limit Durant to 1-of-7 shooting from the field, while also being much more physical on the player who had thrived during the Warriors' three wins to start the series.
It escalated late in the third after a scramble to the floor for a loose ball led to a jump ball. In the scrum, Pachulia appeared to kick Iman Shumpert - who was standing over him - once and punch him twice. Play was stopped at the 3:08 mark after a tussle and technical foul on members of both teams. It's emotional. It's possibly the last game of the season, so you definitely don't want to give up anything easy.
"We have to bring our best game every game against this team. We're going to earn it".
That quarter saw 22 trips to the free-throw line for the defending champs, while the Warriors struggled with six turnovers in the first quarter, playing catch-up. The Cavs denied that opportunity on Friday in a surprising blowout over the Warriors.
"No, I feel this is the game we've got to get", he said, "or it's over". "But you just have keep a body on them as much as possible and try to make their shots a little bit more hard".
Lue believes there was not enough physicality at the beginning of the series.
"We love how aggressive Kyrie's been, and it's been great for our team, obviously, with his individual ability to make shots and to take big shots and to knock them down", James said. I'll be sitting up here lying saying that I didn't see it.
In addition, Draymond Green, who was suspended for Game 5 past year, will be playing. "Talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it".