If Warriors don't drop the quality of their game, do Cavs' stand any chance to take it to Game 5 in the seven-match series? Golden State will be at full strength this time, and while the Warriors have finally lost a game, they haven't lost any confidence.
James, though, wouldn't concede the Cavs have the Warriors right where they want them. Draymond Green added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Stephen Curry was 4 of 13 for 14 points. "It's just fun", he said, "and I felt better". "Not going to overreact to one". On the night, Love scored 23 points to go with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.
The game was the most physical yet of the Finals and saw James and Durant come face-to-face at midcourt for a heated argument while a play was being reviewed. After several minutes, James stopped and performed a dozen lunges before teammate Tristan Thompson came over and playfully asked, "What are you doing?" But the feeling I got watching was that the referees panicked about taking a star player out of the game while his team was trying to complete a historic sweep.
LeBron (3-for-8), Kevin Love (6-for-8) and J.R. Smith (5-for-9) did the bulk of the heavy lifting as the team finished with an efficient 24-for-45 (53%) on the night. After missing all seven of his 3-point shots in Game 3, Irving was confident and crafty in Game 4.
Whenever the Warriors looked like they might go on a run and start chipping away at the Cavaliers' lead the home side would respond admirably with either a rim-rocking dunk from James, a three-pointer from Irving or some tenacious defence. This technical however was given to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, and Green remained in the game.
Facing the possibility of being dethroned by the Warriors on home court, LeBron James and his team-mates stormed out of the blocks to score 49 points in the first quarter and 86 in the opening half.
That being said, we'll have a bunch more coverage coming in approximately an hour, but for now, what do you guys think? We can get better and make him little more uncomfortable.
There doesn't seem to be anything that rattles them, so it should be no surprise that on the verge of being swept by a Warriors team James called a "juggernaut" and "beast" before the Finals began, Cleveland dug down deep again.