Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – Game 5

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The Cleveland Cavaliers who were facing a sweep, defeated the Golden State Warriors on their home court to put the NBA Finals at 3-1. The Cleveland Cavaliers are under pressure and put together an inspired performance in Game 4.  The Cavs rushed out to a big lead early and then cruised to the win. Cleveland picked up the win  based to an unbelievably efficient offense. The Cavaliers buried 24 three pointers in Game 4, which set an NBA Finals record. They shot a blistering 53.3 percent from 3 point land. Irving, Kevin Love (6-of-8) and J.R. Smith (5-of-9) led the way. Cleveland led through out the whole game and has finally picked up some momentum in the NBA Finals. Cleveland has played much better in the past two games.  The Cavs really needed a split to get back in this series.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors in Game 4, finishing with 35 points. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both struggled from the field. Golden State shot only 28.2 percent from three-point range in the contest. The Golden State Warriors are still favored to win Game 5. They are up 3-1 and is aiming to wrap up the series at home next time out. The Warriors have been dominant at home throughout the postseason despite struggling last time out.  Best Sports Site Blog thinks there is no way the Cavs shoot that well again.  The Dubs should be better from the field when they go home and should leave this one crowned NBA champions.

The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.

Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers – Game 3

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Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers square off Wednesday night

The Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 in the series after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 on Sunday night. The Cavaliers get to go home and aim to rally like they did on the way to last year’s title, but it won’t be easy against the elite playing level of the Golden State team.The game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are unable to keep up with the Warriors in the two games at Oracle. The Cavs return home for Game 3 and look lost and unsettled by Golden State’s movement on offense and defense. In Game 2 on Sunday Golden State shot 51.7 percent from the floor and 41.9 percent from three-point range, and if they continue to shoot that well the Cavs are going to have to be on fire to stay competitive. Kevin Durant who was acquired last year from Oklahoma City has become a huge asset for the Dubs. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, he scored 33 points while adding 13 rebounds and five blocks. Stephen Curry was also impressive, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

For Cleveland, LeBron James had 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, but Kyrie Irving struggled from the floor. Lebron James needs to be going at full throttle and could propel them to a victory. The Cavaliers are knowing their season is on the line. Another key thing will be good play from the role players on the team. Cleveland will probably lead most of the game. However, the Warriors are making their case as one of the best teams of all-time. Best Sports Site Blog thinks that Golden State should capture this game. This will give Golden State Warriors a  3-0  lead in this NBA final series.

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NBA Champions 2015 – Warriors Win Title Over Cavaliers 105-97

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Congrats to the Golden State Warriors, the NBA’s Champions!

The Golden State Warriors launched some 8,900 shots this season. They attempted layups and 3-pointers, runners and elbow jumpers. They dazzled fans and overwhelmed opponents. But every time the ball left their fingertips, the Warriors seemed to be building toward something bigger and better, toward the brightest stage and the grandest prize.

The Warriors were chasing history, a journey they completed Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the N.B.A. finals.

Golden State celebrated its first N.B.A. championship in 40 years when the final buzzer sounded, the players forming a frantic mob at center court as silence fell over the sellout crowd. The Warriors won the final three games of this best-of-seven series, countering every move that the Cavaliers made — and all the points, rebounds and assists that LeBron James could produce.

The dynamic of the 2015 NBA Finals changed when Warriors coach Steve Kerr inserted Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup. Iguodala made such an impact in helping Golden State win the NBA title that he took home NBA Finals MVP honors. Stephen Curry may lead the way offensively for the Warriors, but Iguodala played a massive role at both ends of the court for the new NBA champions.

Iguodala hadn’t started a game all season until he joined the starting five for Game 3. The Warriors didn’t lose again. He spent the series serving as the primary defender on LeBron James, and while James put up huge numbers, Iguodala did an admirable job defending and came up with several huge defensive plays in key moments against James. His defensive effort was valuable enough, but Iguodala also found his outside shot during the series and became a major offensive contributor.

Iguodala beat James by a 7-4 vote to win Finals MVP honors.

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NBA Odds: Superstar Warriors Reshape Basketball Betting Landscape

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Can the Golden State Warriors can close out the Cleveland Cavaliers This Week?

The Golden State Warriors can close out the Cleveland Cavaliers and take home a title this week, but they’d have to do it on the road.
Touted as 4.5-point favorites in the elimination game, the Dubs are in as good a position as they could ask for against the nearly unstoppable LeBron James.

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James and the Cavs have choked on an opportunity after jumping out to a 2-1 series lead and now face a pair of do-or-die games if they want to win the ring. That ring would be James’ third, of course, but Cleveland’s first in any of its three major sports since 1964.

Cleveland broke out of the gates as the sportsbook favorite to win the championship; however, the Warriors have been in front of the NBA futures for the majority of the 2014-2015 season. Not surprisingly, between Stephen Curry’s MVP campaign and the evolution of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, there is plenty to be excited about in Golden State.

Bet on the NBA Finals as they come to a conclusion before the end of the week. History awaits whichever franchise is ready to put an end to their lengthy drought.

NBA Betting: Warriors One Game From Snapping Title Drought

In June 2012, the Golden State Warriors were in the midst of a playoff drought that had seen them qualify for postseason play just once in 18 seasons. Fast forward three years later and NBA odds point to Stephen Curry and the Warriors winning their first title since 1975.

Regarded as sportsbook favorites for much of the season, the Warriors have lived up to expectation in the gruelling postseason. Not only have they weathered LeBron James’ individual run, they’ve thrived, rallying back from a 1-2 deficit in the series to take a 3-2 stranglehold.

The Warriors are 4.5-point favorites on the road in Game 6 this week, and will have the overwhelming advantage of being back in the Bay Area for what would be a raucous Game 7.

NBA Finals, Warriors Beat Cavaliers 103-82 in Game 4

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The Golden State Warriors made two key changes in NBA finals to win a crucial Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2.

No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, so facing a historical disadvantage, the Warriors changed up their strategy for defending LeBron James, and they doubled-down on their offensive strategy.

After three games of letting LeBron pick them apart in isolations, the Warriors switched up their strategy by sending more double teams and forcing the ball out of his hands. After twice losing their original bet that LeBron couldn’t beat them by himself, Golden State began sending two defenders LeBron’s way, betting that his weak supporting cast couldn’t produce enough points to carry the offense.

Despite 28 huge points from Timofey Mozgov, the rest of the Cavs fell off. Matthew Dellavedova, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert combined for just 19 points on 7-of-35 shooting — 20%. LeBron himself, perhaps as a result of the double teams and a nasty head injury from crashing into a camera, scored only 20 points on 22 shots.

Not only does doubling LeBron take the ball out of his hands, an effective double team also makes the pass more difficult. Here, James’ pass to Dellavedova is off target, making Dellavedova reach while Stephen Curry recovers in time to contest the shot.

When asked about the Warriors’ defensive adjustment, LeBron said after the game,

“No, they doubled me a little bit more tonight. They kind of made me get a ball up, seeing if some of my teammates can beat those guys. Like I said, we couldn’t make any shots from the outside, but we’ll take those looks again. Those guys, my guys did a great job just stepping into them, trying to make them being confident about them. But when you go 4‑for‑27 from the three‑point line, there’s not much success offensively.”


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NBA Finals – LeBron James Carries Cavaliers in Game 3


LeBron James is having the best NBA Finals of all time

You could cite a few reasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers splitting the first two games of the NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors but it is the play of LeBron James that will ultimately decide the fate of his team. Lebron James is doing more than just scoring. He’s had a hand in the vast majority of Cleveland’s offense, scoring, assisting on or creating nearly 70 percent of Cleveland’s points. Lebron James, who has hauled the Cavaliers to within two wins of their first N.B.A. championship, finished with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. He has now scored, assisted or created 200 of the Cavaliers’ 291 points through the first three games of the series, according to Synergy Sports Tech — the sort of production that is hard to fathom.

Curry, who seldom looked unsure of himself during the regular season, when he was the league’s most valuable player, scored just 3 points in the first half before finishing with 27. He shot 10 of 20, a positive sign amid another otherwise bleak effort for the Warriors. Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green combined to shoot 2 of 16.

“I didn’t like our energy,” said Steve Kerr, the coach of the Warriors. “I didn’t like our body language for much of the first three quarters. This is what we have to fight through. Things aren’t going our way? It doesn’t matter. You’ve got to fight through.”

James, who shot 14 of 34, sealed the win by sinking two free throws after Curry buried his seventh and final 3-pointer with 18.9 seconds left.

Matthew Dellavedova, a plucky point guard who is fast becoming a folk hero in Cleveland, scored 20 points when he was not diving into courtside seats as he pursued loose balls.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a run of 26-2 straight up and 17-11 against the spread in their last 28 games at home. After tying up the series at 1-1 on the road, Cleveland will try to take control of the series at home against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland had moved to a 1-point home underdog for the game at sportsbooks monitored by as of Monday night. If that line holds it will be only the fourth time this season that the Cavaliers are a home underdog, and the team went 0-3 SU and ATS in the other three instances.