The Cleveland Cavaliers got outstanding performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to withstand elimination on the road in Game 5. This pushes this series against the Warriors to a sixth game back in Cleveland. The Cavs must win on their home court Thursday night to stay in and push this series to Game 7. No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. The game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will start at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
The Cleveland Cavaliers was playing aggressive in Game 5 and had 28 points during fast breaks as opposed to the Warriors nine. During the second half, the Dubs looked seriously gassed. leBron James and Kyrie Irving, each scored 41 points to become the first set of teammates to top 40 points in a Finals game. James put on a show and overpowered Iguodala, drove past Harrison Barnes and shot over every defender the Warriors sent at him. James finished with 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in a game.
The Golden State Warriors went with a small lineup and put Andre Iguodala in for the suspended Draymond Green. Rebounding was a problem that got worse for the Dubs when Andrew Bogut went down with a knee injury and couldn’t return. Green will be back for Game 6, and the Warriors sure will need him for his defense and rebounding ability. Curry and Klay Thompson couldn’t miss their 3-pointers in the first half , however, in the second half, the results were much different. The Warriors missed 18 of 21 three-point shots during the second half of Game 5. They only shot 14 of 42 from behind the arc, which is just 33 percent. Golden State was just shooting poorly in the second half. Best Sports Site Blog thinks with Green back in the lineup and their shooting percentage coming back, there’s a chance the Warriors could take the Cavs on the road.