It was demoralizing to say the least.
The Golden State Warriors' potent offense went missing on Friday but they were not about to lose any sleep even as their bid for postseason perfection was snapped and championship celebrations were put on hold. So if they managed to piece together three consecutive virtuoso showings last time, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that they could do it four times this year.
SIMON: Yeah. I understand they play football here in Alabama. "But at the end of the day, it don't matter where you win at, as long as you can win it". There is a big difference between going up 3-0 in a series as the Warriors did this year as opposed to losing Game 3 as they did last spring and having to fight back to go up 3-1. From a Warriors fan perspective, it was the SUPER friendly first quarter whistles that had us all up in arms. This is a team that will not go down easy. They made tough shots, they got it rolling.
"You get down 3-0 and you're fighting and you're trying to get a win, you do whatever it takes", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.
The NBA is reviewing several incidents from last night's game, according to reports.
The Cavs now face a 3-1 deficit without home-court advantage.
The Cavaliers will need it again if they have any hope of winning another game. And Kyrie Irving will want to bury Stephen Curry, as he did in Game 4, in the ongoing matchup of supremely gifted point guards. The most Triple Doubles by any player in the NBA Finals, LeBron James, at 9. I mean, the Cavaliers are a formidable team from deep but that generally means you can expect them to shoot around their season average of 38% from deep. There was very little bench/role player production which was shooting the Cavaliers right in the foot. Durant makes them near unstoppable. Johnson congratulated the Cavaliers forward and called him "the King of Triple Doubles for the NBA Finals". 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.
James and Durant had a heated verbal exchange for an extended stretch midway into the third quarter while referees were reviewing a foul by Love on Durant, but they slapped hands when they returned to play. Yet it didn't take too much out of the game. After all of that the Cav's cemented their win in the 4th Quarter.
Cleveland's 24 threes are a new Finals record. LeBron James was the last person to get off the bus.
James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and on one trip threw the ball off the backboard to himself for a dunk. It allows Irving to navigate his way to the 3-point line for an open 3. He was instrumental in keeping the 19 point lead. If you had said Curry had more boards in Game 3 alone (13), than Tristan Thompson had in Games 1-3 combined (11), it would have been a good time to ask about the state of the Predators-Penguins series.
Without question the Cavaliers should be feeling good about themselves heading into Game 5.
So where do we go from here? We all know that.
The Warriors are a great team, they are probably the best team the league has seen in 20 years. I'm pretty sure Draymond won't get suspended for Game 5.
"We finally settled in, man", Irving said.
For starters, the 2017 Warriors are better than the 2016 Warriors that set a record with 73 regular-season wins. Tristan Thompson finally chose to show up in Game 4 and if he continues to do so, the Warriors can't afford to lose Pachulia to a silly foul. But Irving's inconsistency keeps him from being mentioned as one the NBA's truly elite stars, and it could be Cleveland's undoing in this series.