Zaza won't be suspended after his Game 5 swipe

Lynette Rowe
June 12, 2017

Golden State hosts Game 5 on Monday night.

Down 3-1 in last season's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to a stunning victory in the series, winning three straight games to deliver their city's first NBA title.

"A lot of our sets allow for me to get some runs off the ball, changing sides of the court, coming off pin-downs and stuff like that - trying to draw a couple defenders maybe, for some openings for others, or (to) get me a shot", Curry said.

If Curry gets going, everybody gets going, and defences tend to sit back on their heels.

"We have to be physical at the point of attack".

Facing elimination on their home floor, the Wine and Gold came out of the locker room locked and loaded - hitting the Warriors with a record-setting first quarter flurry - notching 49 points on 58 shooting from the floor, hitting 7-of-12 three-pointers and making 22 trips to the stripe.

It was the first time in NBA Finals history that one team opened with consecutive wins by 19 or more points. "And when he's playing free and you don't bring physicality, he's able to roam and do whatever he wants offensively". We know what it takes to win a championship. We all know that.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors find themselves in the same situation as past year as they prepare to tip off Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. We're a championship team. "I think the last two games we have played Cavaliers basketball", he said.

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"It's a time to definitely show everything that you're made of in those moments", Irving said. "So do we get him the ball more?"

"You have to give them credit for how they played", Durant said. "It's probably going to stay that way and we'll see what happens after that".

The Warriors also are a spectacular 28-2 SU in their past 30 home dates and 44-5 SU for the season. But for the Warriors and their most dependable player, Kevin Durant, that experience includes blowing 3-1 leads just a year ago. And ready for Cavs big man Tristan Thompson, who came out of hibernation in Game 4 to grab 10 rebounds after finding only 11 in the previous three games.

"They're going to view this as a game seven situation", Cleveland's Richard Jefferson said. If they did not escape Game 4 with a win over their shoulders, it would be all over. "If we don't stick to that plan, we'll be going back home without a game".

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

"And when those opportunities come, then you kill it".

"So it's all things that happen bad aren't that bad, when you take a step back and look at them". No finals team down 3-0 has even forced a seventh game since 1951. "They had a 73-win team and they added a former MVP [Kevin Durant]", Jefferson told reporters on Sunday.

"He does a great job of just affecting the game on both ends of the floor so you just try to keep a body on him, understanding that he can get hot in a matter of a second", Irving said. "But listen, at the end of the day we just got some resilient guys". "If we start thinking too far down the line, we take our focus off of the task at hand".

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