Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

Rosalie Stanley
Июня 12, 2017

Yep, it's about that time in the Finals, once again, where emotions start to run and the barbs begin to fly.

"No, I don't really pay no much attention", he said. "When we've got guys - like Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson), me, (Kevin Durant) - picking up two, three fouls in a hurry, it's tough to bring the physicality". It has put me in the position I am today. When I say something, I've thought about what I was going to say when I say it.

The Cavs fell 3-0 behind in the championship series before avoiding defeat with victory in game four on Friday.

Wear down that frontcourt, force them to collapse to create open looks, and get Green out of the game.

During the first quarter, the Warriors allowed the Cavs to put up an NBA Finals record 49 points. The Warriors' dreams were pulverized by a barrage of threes and a charged LeBron James, and all the observer could do was chuckle at just how good this team is, and how wrong the consensus opinion heading into Game 4 was. Draymond Green was temporarily ejected before they corrected transferred his first technical foul from him to Steve Kerr, which was the correct call.

The bottom line is that Cleveland has gotten these Finals to 3-1, a familiar situation that must give them a little comfort.

The Warriors lead defending champion Cleveland 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and can capture their second crown in three years by winning Monday before a home crowd. Durant sank a winning three-pointer late in Game Three and is the clear favorite for Finals MVP. And Kevin Durant will be out there too.

As if Draymond Green didn't have enough enemies in Cleveland, he certainly added a few more after uttering some choice comments in the direction of Cavaliers supporters.

This team is completely different when Thomspon is active on the glass. "They're a different team also". It is practically impossible to win a game if a team gives up that many points in just the first quarter. "We've still got a lot of work to do". That's a good thing.

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When asked by reporters about his third quarter ejection in Game 4 of the NBA Finals that actually wasn't because of a mishap between the referees and the scorer's table, Green took aim.

James and Kyrie Irving became the first teammates ever to score 40 points apiece in a Finals game - they each scored 41. "Everyone wants to win", Cavs guard J.R. Smith said. But Harrison Barnes, who was replaced in the lineup this year by Durant, managed just five and Andrew Bogut (remember him?) was held scoreless. The superstar forward is averaging 34.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals from the first four games. "I don't think too much about it".

"It's the same way", he continued.

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

"For me personally, when I chose to go back to Cleveland, I had to decide like, because our owner at the time when I left made a decision to put out this article that we all know about where he bashed me and disrespected not only me as an individual, but disrespected my name", James said in the video. "We're going to respond but they aren't going to punk us". He averaged 25.1 points in the regular season and shot 53.7 percent from the field, easily his career high. All it takes is a win in Game 5 on the road, and they are nearly in the driver's seat.

Green is playing Monday night.

Don't expect Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson to back down either.

"You act like I'm just this troubled guy who's been in a bunch of trouble and can't control myself, " Green said.

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. It's the story of legends in and around Boston of how they came back, defeated the Evil Empire and broke the Curse of the Bambino.

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