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But that means little to Golden State's players, who with a victory in Game 4 on Friday night can exorcise those haunting demons from last June when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers. He could only watch as Kevin Durant of the Warriors sank a 3-pointer over the top of him, one final jolt from which the Cavaliers could not recover.
"Those guys have been unbelievable", said Warriors guard Klay Thompson. "But right now our season's on the line, and we just have to play". "It wasn't a goal to start the postseason, but now that's it's attainable, we have our eyes set on it". "Obviously we've won it here before".
Golden State's only competition is with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and the Bulls, and other great teams from the past.
No team has escaped a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series in 126 tries and the Warriors can claim the crown by winning game five at home on Monday in Oakland, California, but the Cavs made the greatest NBA Finals comeback a year ago from 3-1 down to beat the Warriors.
"Well, we've been in a down position before and most of the guys in our locker room have done something that's never been done in the history of the game of basketball".
"It's very impressive, though". And we have had some good fortune, too.
"I've been working on that shot my whole life", Durant said postgame. "I really like being around him, and hopefully that continues".
And beyond their firepower, the Cavs did it on defense, holding the up-and-down Warriors without a single fast-break point.
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth.
Green has since said he feels responsible for the Finals loss but would not do anything differently. "And when I came back here, we built something again". Steve Kerr made his return to the Warriors' bench after missing the previous 11 games.
"I would do the same exact thing", he said.
Combine that with last year's 73-win season, and a second title in three years - which could have easily been three consecutive championships - and foundation of the case has been made. "Naturally, you want to blame yourself because you feel just terrible because it didn't go in".
The Warriors (67-15) are also hoping to redeem an NBA Finals collapse from last season, losing to the Cavaliers after building a 3-1 lead.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stressed anything is possible in a must-win situation.
They are one win away, of course. "We're going to keep scrapping". "We're going to keep scrapping".
"My mindset is to try to get every game". "It's just fun", he said, "and I felt better".