The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home court to go up 3-1 in the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers know they are under pressure now, because no team has ever come back from being down 3-1 in the Finals. LeBron James and company will do their best to try to prevent that from happening on Monday night in Game 5. The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
The Golden State Warriors along with MVP Stephen Curry had a great game in Game 4 on Friday night. They set an NBA Finals record by making 17 three-pointers. This was the first time in this series that Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry was smoking hot. They combined to go 18 of 39 from the field and 11 of 22 from long range. Curry scored 38 points, while Thompson had 25. If these two players have an offensive scoring game like they had in Game 4, Cleveland is going to be in a lot of trouble.
The Cleveland Cavaliers big problem in Game 4 was its lack of offensive production in the second half. The team shot poorly in the second half and only scored 29 points in the first 20 minutes of the half. The good news for Cleveland is that Kevin Love was able to play in Game 4 though it’s tough to say he played much of a role. He was relatively quiet and scored 11 points off the bench and had five rebounds. The other big issue for the Cavs is their starters are playing too many minutes. Smith, Irving and James each played at least 44 minutes, and James was on the floor for 46 of the 48 minutes. James looked like he ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Top Sports Blog thinks if the Cavs play their starters that many minutes in Game 5, the Dubs will run away like they did at the end of Game 4.