Cavs avoid being swept away by Warriors, dominate play in Game 4

Cavs avoid being swept away by Warriors, dominate play in Game 4

Cavs avoid being swept away by Warriors, dominate play in Game 4

"It's going to be even tougher in game five".

Golden State scored the first four points of the half - getting within 86-72 - and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called an immediate (and smart) time-out, just 45 seconds into the quarter. The Warriors have won 107 consecutive games, going back to November 2014, when they shoot better than 50 percent.

Kyrie Irving put on another heroic effort in Game 4 to save the Cavaliers' season, for at least two more nights.

"Some of the guys heard they were saying how they wanted to celebrate on our floor once again and spray champagne in our locker rooms", James said.

He even had an obvious culprit. The Warriors clamped down (relatively) speaking, and the game got chippy, first beginning with a weird sequence between Draymond Green and the officials. "It doesn't matter until we get that 16th one".

In 2016, Green established himself as one of the top 10 players in the National Basketball Association. The Cavs, on the other hand, came out swinging and delivered some heavy blows that made it very hard for the Warriors to bounce back. And when they finally got a close one, they showed why their roster is the envy of just about every other team, with the long-range shooting of Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, and the defensive wizardry of Draymond Green and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. "And it was another do-or-die game for us, and we had to leave it all out there".

"It was just an incredibly physical game", Kerr said. Then you add some chatter in there, and that adds some extra motivation. "I think it was we played a desperate team on their home floor, a great team, with great players, and they came out and handed it to us".

As for his effect on the Finals thus far, McGee's mere presence in the paint is altering the way shots are coming in, similar to Andrew Bogut's influence over the last two years.

James, though, wouldn't concede the Cavs have the Warriors right where they want them.

The Warriors were 15-0 in the playoffs this year before the Cavaliers ruined their chance to make history. We're battle tested, they're battle tested.

The 1996 Bulls went 15-3 in the playoffs, losing twice after seizing a 3-0 finals lead over Seattle and giving Kerr an appreciation for the feat his club is on the verge of achieving. His shooting, passing and defensive skills were on full display for a team that went 73-9 in the regular season. They have too many weapons.

So after Golden State finishes this off, where does Cleveland go from there? They won a championship, and a year ago it was the greatest regular-season team we had played, probably one of the best postseason teams that everybody's ever seen as well, but we were just able to overcome that.

It's been done on big stages in other sports, perhaps most famously by the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who strung together four wins over the New York Yankees to win the AL pennant on the way to their first World Series title since 1918. And there wouldn't have been any talk about the Warriors being the best team ever.

"It's going to mean a lot", he said.

But perhaps the most important number was 53 - as in 53%, the Cavs' accuracy from behind the three-point line.

But it's one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night. A huge break for Golden State. The Warriors are better rested this time around, and of course they have Kevin Durant. "But you got to give them credit, they played extremely well tonight".

There's still some pride in Cleveland.

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