Kevin Durant & LeBron James ready for game 5

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2017

So they have the Warriors right where they want them, right? Like Richard Jefferson referred to during Sunday's shoot-around, the Dubs had to add the second-best player in the world in order to have a shot at beating the LeBron James led Cavs in a series when they are at 100 percent.

They air a half-hour pre-game show called "Live NBA Countdown" which gives you all the build-up to tonight's game and the live action tips off at 2AM on BT Sport 1.

Heading into Game Five, here are the plays of the series so far. Thanks to extra physicality and a three-point barrage by the Cavs, not to mention a game that was bogged down by officiating, Golden State was unable to complete the sweep.

Don't ever give up on this team, Cavs fans. But it was a flawless storm for the Cavaliers as so many things contributed to the Warriors' collapse.

"Different team, man", Curry said. While the Warriors reserves tallied 32, they usually dominate the bench scoring more. Hitting, being physical, we have to do that.

The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the series as they set a record for National Basketball Association playoff winning streaks with 15 straight victories. The Cavaliers brought their A-game in Game 3, which they could have won if not for an open missed corner 3-pointer by Kyle Korver and Durant's heroics.

This was a match which always looked in the box for the Warriors.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said falling behind decisively early made it tough to free up shots for Curry. "He might have got riled up last game, but it's not going to affect him (in Game 5)". "I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me".

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We can't wait for the game to tip off. "So as I was thinking about my decision and who I was gonna play for, this team came to mind". "When you're at home, the Larry O'Brien trophy is so close, you got to embrace the challenge and close it out". The Giants won their three titles on the road in Texas, Detroit and Kansas City. "And I was just like a kid, like, in a candy shop. You get punched in the face, you want to respond", said Green.

Durant outplayed James in Game 1 finishing with 38 points and zero turnovers.

But it seems like an even more improbable task than it did previous year.

He was asked whether this might be the game the Warriors feel they must get.

The mentality they carried into Game 4 at Utah, where they quickly built a 24-7 lead and won by 26. They grabbed hold of Game 4 with a record 49-point first quarter.

"Every game is do-or-die and we understand that", Kyrie Irving said. "We have to be ready for it". LeBron James and Cleveland, looking down and out only days ago in an 0-3 hole, now have some momentum after winning Game 4 and they will try to stave off elimination once more.

James has grown accustomed to being in this situation, but he wishes the Cavaliers would stop backing themselves in a corner. "Like I said, I think because of experience".

Hopefully in a few years he keeps his word and divulges his secret, whatever it may be. Cleveland is scoring a team-low 97.2 points per 100 with Korver on the court, which is almost 10 points worse than his closest teammate (Love, 106.9 offensive rating).

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