Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Lead Warriors to NBA Title

Ross Houston
June 13, 2017

It was not surprising that Cleveland sent the NBA Finals back to Oakland for Game 5, but it was surprising what the Cavaliers had to do to keep the series alive.

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To hear them tell it, they're eyes have been appropriately widened.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Warriors are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -8.5 points against the Cavs.

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Lead Warriors to NBA Title

Curry and Durant play fantastic, while Draymond Green avoids foul trouble this time. If you're prepared, then you're prepared.

That's the mentality Cleveland brought into Game 4 last Friday night. Last year, the Warriors returned home to Game 5 with a similar 3-1 lead but were playing without suspended forward Draymond Green and didn't have the luxury of relying on Kevin Durant.

This may be a statistical quirk from a four-game sample, but Korver's individual defensive tracking numbers back up the idea that Golden State hasn't been able to take advantage of his defense. But you just have keep a body on them as much as possible and try to make their shots a little bit more hard. While Shumpert's 18 points for the series are seventh on the team and his 25 percent field goal shooting is the worst of any Cavalier with at least 50 minutes, he's holding opposing shooters under 35 percent for the series, including under 22 percent on three-pointers.

The Warriors still have ample chances to win their second title in three seasons over the Cavs, something they failed to do last season.

Conditions are ripe for the Warriors to summon their inner exterminator. "Shoot-around went well, guys were feeling confident and positive, and we came out and we did what we were supposed to do". "We may do some of that. So I think game four, talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to try to get that edge to win, you got to do it". "He might have got riled up last game, but it's not going to affect him (in Game 5)". We know it's not going to be an easy game for us. Letting Game 3 get away from us and then coming back to this gym, we knew it was going to be tough, but I thought our mindset was right. "That's up to us". That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City.

"Do you believe this Cavs' resurgence is for real?"

"No he didn't make that call - not right after the game", Durant said. Got to come out with some fire and get it done. When a team's back is against the wall, they're going to come out and give everything they've got. And they can duplicate that. "We're ready to live in it".

He finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in a game that the Cavs trailed the entire second half. Klay Thompson also did not step up the plate in the crucial match, and they will be hurt with their loss. "They have done it throughout the whole playoffs". They can definitely repeat it, so we got to do the job to stop them and make them uncomfortable.

"They can do it again".

But in front of their home fans, the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers showed some pride, and found the range on offense.

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