NBA Finals in familiar place

Doug Mendoza
June 11, 2017

But this is nearly exactly the same Cavs team that slithered its way back from a 3-1 deficit previous year to stun everyone and send the Warriors home empty-handed. It was demoralizing to say the least. The Warriors still haven't lost a game in the playoffs, and I have to question whether or not they were even trying in the regular season games they lost.

The NBA Finals continue to be a ratings magnet for ABC. Fouls whistled on the Warriors slowed the game down more than anything intentional. "I doubt that they will be able to win it but if they do what they did last night I think they can win a Game 5", a Cavaliers fan said. Homecourt and a lights-out performance by their superstar weren't enough to push them past the Golden State Warriors. There are no more excuses, no more easy blowouts against a struggling Cavs team.

"That first quarter they came out and hit us with that unbelievable punch".

"So it's all things that happen bad aren't that bad, when you take a step back and look at them".

Kevin Durant v. Dahntay Jones was one thing. Everything they did in the previous three games, Cleveland did to them last night.

It was clear after Game 3 that James couldn't do this alone - not when the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 12 points in the two minutes that he was off the court. They scored 49 points in the 1st Quarter, the most points scored in a Quarter in NBA Finals History.

"We were up 3-0". He passed Magic Johnson for most Finals triple-doubles of all time and passed Michael Jordan on the all-time Finals scoring list. "So I went over the edge before - fool me once, you can't fool me twice".

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The Cavaliers did everything right in the 1st Half. They set the pace. They made shots and they attacked the basket. Instead, they had their doors blown off as the Cavaliers rolled to a 137-116 victory in front of a raucous crowd. A wing defender will be more important in April, May and June.

They've actually talked to a lot of National Football League and college players. At the end of the Half it was [86-68] Cav's. The talent gap and Kerr's insistence to sticking to their system allows the Cavaliers to play and excel within their world.

Warriors, who are known for their 3-point proficiency, shot only 28% going 11-for-39. Jones, per his norm, was on the bench at the time and was given a technical foul. A big factor in this series was the problem of LeBron having to exert too much energy chasing Kevin Durant around on defense.

PRUITT: Yes. He didn't score a single point in the first half, other than two free throws. After all of that the Cav's cemented their win in the 4th Quarter. The point guard struggled in Games 1 and 2 against Klay Thompson's hounding defense, but that defense didn't matter in Cleveland. It was the first championship in franchise history, and it was the third in the career of LeBron James. Kyrie Irving was at the centre stage of the Cavs' turnaround, scoring 40 points, seven of them 3-pointers. He was all over the court.

Kyrie Irving scored an fantastic 40 points while Kevin Love scored 23. He was instrumental in keeping the 19 point lead. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and JR Smith played the supporting cast to perfection. I feel better than I've ever felt emotionally. "But we'll go tee it up again". "So I know you could take away the physical part of the game as far as controlling stuff, but emotionally that should be us, that should be what the players have as their own out there". This is the very reason Durant spurned Oklahoma City last offseason and joined the Warriors, to offer an-already outstanding offense yet another unstoppable force and putting the final piece for a dynasty in place.

"I stunk in the first Finals". Kyrie Irving hit some well-defended stepback 3s, including one over David West that Draymond Green called "the toughest 3 I've seen all year".

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