"We have a golden opportunity going home on Monday to close this thing out".
The Warriors are up 3-1 in the series and are looking to win their second title in three years at home.
But if, somehow, Golden State can't get it done, Warriors fans will, undoubtedly, begin to think about the 3-1 lead the team surrendered to Cleveland just previous year. "So I think Game 4, talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to try to get that edge to win, you got to do it", AP quoted Lue as saying.
While the spotlight ended up on Kyrie Irving and his 40 points, J.R. Smith should get some credit because he has proven to be a crucial X-factor for this team. That's how we like to remember what happened.
Last season, without Kevin Durant, the Warriors lost just five home games all season. I'm pretty sure Draymond won't get suspended for Game 5.
Durant was concerned abundant foul calls were draining the passion from the moment. And he's really been able to do that. "Just try to get in the paint, make plays, and not let them try to take me out of it". In Oakland, the Warriors are the first team in history to squander a 3-1 Finals lead.
Durant is the odds-on favorite to win the series MVP award should the Warriors prevail. In Game 4, things were different, the Warriors got a taste of their own medicine.
But that was in Cleveland. He distributes and scores in any number of ways, more than just as a three-point shooter, and Curry knows he can hurt Cleveland. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it all starts with better on-ball defense. They're trying to make him be more of a jump shooter.
Green has stayed just on the right side of the line this postseason, not in danger of an automatic suspension for technicals or flagrant accumulation.
Another 3-1 lead for Warriors - anxious or nah?
Many in the Bay Area are hoping that means more pick-and-roll with the basketball in Curry's hands. But he's learned how to focus that intensity. You have to give them credit for how they played.
Cleveland needs James to not only take a lot of shots, but to take it to the basket when needed.
At every post-game press conference at least one question has been asked.
"He's unsafe so we just wanted to limit his shots, take the ball out of his hands", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.