That was the most evenly contested of the games and neither team seemed able to physically distance themselves from the other won on the brilliance of Kevin Durant. Golden State will be at full strength this time, and while the Warriors have finally lost a game, they haven't lost any confidence.
He's consistently executed at a high level for Cleveland when called upon and is undoubtedly there go-to guy in late-game situations.
Do you ever see the stuff that you say and say maybe I shouldn't have said that? "Talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it". But on Friday night, that took a sharp turn.
Irving played just one game before injuring his knee in the first Finals meeting between these teams in 2015. In that game, Green wound up getting himself suspended for Game 5 after taking a swipe at LeBron James's midsection when he stepped over Green in the final minutes. As James got up, he offered a hand to McGee to help him.
Fast forward to the next season's Eastern Conference Finals. Although there was some miscommunication between scorers of the game, Draymond Green of the Warriors was not technically fouled twice.
But things changed for J.R. when the Cavaliers came home.
The Cavaliers had been relying heavily on their Big 3 for most of their offense in the first three games.
While Curry is arguably the league's most valuable offensive player because of his unparalleled shooting gravity, he is at best an average player on the defensive end.
In the Game 4 victory, the former Rookie of the Year rattled off 28 points in the first half, scoring in a variety of ways ranging from shake-and-bake step-back jumpers to left-handed floaters over a top-notch defender - sorry Klay Thompson. "Are we going to get after it and compete?" Despite the Warriors' designation as a jump-shooting team, the Cavaliers actually made more three-pointers during the regular season than anyone besides the Houston Rockets.
Fans who are still unable to access ESPN3 can also access the NBA playoff game using the Sling TV basic internet TV package, which offers the ESPN3 streaming service, including the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals Game Five, and comes with a seven-day free trial. However, Curry fell flat at just the wrong time in Game 4. The Warriors haven't figured out a way to stop the four-time MVP through the first two rounds of the title trilogy - and he just piled up 70 points over two contests before heading back to Oakland. But K.D. has been every bit as good as the King - averaging 34.3 points so far in the series.
It can sound more like a prize fight than a basketball game, but the first punch is going to be huge in Game 5. "But we'll go back and tee it up again".
In Game 1, Love grabbed a Playoff career-best 21 boards and finished with 27 points in Game 2.
Can the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 deficit for the second year in a row?
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant need to finish off the Cavaliers in game 5 for the sake of their legacies.. We can't let him do that again.
"We've been on each other a lot throughout these first four games", James said.
"I feel like this is the game we got to get or it's over with", James said. Curry needs redemption from last year's NBA Finals and to get rid of the criticism surrounding his ability to perform on the NBA's biggest stage.