Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 4 vs. Cavaliers

Ross Houston
June 9, 2018

On Friday night, their season of stress finally caught up to them as Golden State blew the Cavaliers out, 108-85, at The Q to earn its third NBA Championship in the last four years. He was narrowly named MVP, edging out Warriors team-mate Stephen Curry by a couple of votes.

Windhorst said that James did not want the information getting out for fear of the Warriors targeting him on defense or guarding him differently. Especially where my boys are at this stage, they were a lot younger last time I made this decision four years ago.

After eight straight trips to the National Basketball Association finals (with three victories), greener pastures may appeal, particularly if the Cavs can't do much to upgrade the talent on their roster.

As has been the case since Durant arrived for the 2017 season, the Warriors just had too much All Star talent to be stopped.

Cleveland fans seem to feel differently about James' possible departure this time around. "But it was hard". "You've got two guys with MVPs on their team".

"We knew they were going to come out with a tough first punch and we answered it and ran right back at them, set the tone for the whole game".

"But what [coach Tyronn Lue] did with his group and obviously what LeBron [James] does night after night is just incredible".

Mindful of last year's missed chance at a flawless playoff run, the Warriors expect their toughest NBA Finals challenge from Cleveland on Friday, June 8 (Saturday, June 9) as they chase a series sweep. The game potentially marked James' last as a member of the Cavs, as he's expected to opt-out of his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent. Durant walks away with the former and a grasp at the latter-a second straight championship and a second straight Finals MVP award. "I was there in the Hamptons (at the Durant recruiting session) when we had that discussion". I was able to do that. It's good for you to be around guys like this.

James was on the Cleveland team that lost 4-0 to San Antonio in 2007 as well.

Golden State have won all three against the Cavaliers with the final game finishing in Cleveland for the second time and with speculation LeBron James could leave Cleveland.

Los Angeles would further James' options post career while also giving him a reasonably strong team to chase another ring with. He fights and competes to the end.

There were still a few seconds left on the clock when the Golden State Warriors stormed off their bench to begin a celebration that wasn't guaranteed. James did not have a field goal in the period, going 0-for-2, as Cleveland saw its nine-point halftime deficit balloon to as many as 21.

But since then, he has seen the Cavaliers trade All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, the departure of general manager David Griffin and back-to-back Finals losses to the Warriors. Do we have to make more shots? Instead, they'll be trying to make the parade more interactive. "That's the beauty of their team".

That means the Warriors get two chances to bring on an early summer: If they lose Game 4, they'll play host to Game 5 on June 11. Golden State throttled Cleveland, holding the Cavs to just 13 points. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they're the game's gold standard.

James left to a standing ovation after playing 41 of the game's first 44 minutes.

Lue, of course, hopes James decides to stay. After a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that.

"This is a journey that's better than the destination", Durant said. "That's all I can really speak about".

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