Irving saves his best for when Cavs face Finals elimination

Jun 13, 2017, 10:52

Golden State whiffed at its chance to pop champagne in Cleveland's visiting locker room for the second time in three seasons - something the Warriors openly discussed as a goal: celebrating at The Q. The Warriors don't want to give any credence to the notion this series is in any way like the one they lost past year after going up 3-1.

When you take into consideration that all of these games have come in the NBA Finals against elite defenses, what he has done to this point seems even more impressive. "We would love to be in the Finals every year, I'm sure they would love to be in the Finals every year and the back and forth".

Lue says his team was "being too nice" at the start of the series, "helping guys up off the floor, smiling, talking to guys". And the more you give me a little bit of an opportunity, the more you give me a little bit more of a leash, I can contribute.

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Golden State is taking its second shot at clinching the National Basketball Association championship Monday night. Add to that the fact that the Cavaliers know they face an uphill battle to come back and beat Golden State, and I think the odds have swung heavily in favor of the team from the Bay. I've been doing this for 16 years. "I would hope we're more ready, more prepared tonight". Cleveland lead early in the second 41-33, but Golden State quickly went on a 28-4 run in the second. Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. Splash Brothers combining for 27?

Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5, Steph Curry wasn't healthy throughout the playoffs, and the team was mentally and physically tired after chasing the regular-season record.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith believes that Golden State better handle things at home Monday night.

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Game 5, however, was back on home turf. Durant appeared to commit his third foul on the play, but the officials let it go and the game quickly turned. I expect LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will both have stellar performances once again Monday, but it probably won't be enough against a Warriors team with an unfair amount of talent.

It's hard to argue that Cleveland will pull off a win, simply because Oracle Arena is proving to be a near-impossible place to play. I don't see anything amusing or anything to smile about. But that's a mighty big if.

After winning the title, KD embraced LeBron James and told him "we're tied", referring to their head-to-head Finals history, where King James defeated Durant and his then-Oklahoma City Thunder squad in 2012 only for Durant to extact revenge five years later with the Warriors.

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