The Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 71-60 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, fueled by high energy, scoring runs and defensive intensity. With their backs to the wall and all the momentum against them, the Cleveland Cavaliers came out last Friday and absolutely dominated the Golden State Warriors.
Myers told Green: Let's not do this again. Kyrie Irving said he was aware the Warriors wanted to finish a 16-0 romp through the postseason and celebrate a title on the Cavs' court, just as they did in 2015. Steph Curry followed with a deep 3 of his own to get the Warriors rolling on a 21-2 run. I never look at something and say, man, I shouldn't have said that.
But coach Steve Kerr, who only returned to the team in time for game two of the finals after a period of medical leave to deal with complications arising from back surgery, joked afterwards: "We have very little talent actually, it's mostly coaching!" That's how we like to remember what happened.
Along with Durant, the Warriors' superior bench play was a major factor in their Game 5 victory.
But like previous year, when they not only lost Game 5 at home but also the winner-take-all Game 7, the Warriors promise to take the court Monday night taking nothing for granted.
Myers chose to stay with Green as he sat out that game last June. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there". Let's make sure you're playing and I get to watch. "I'm stressed out. Keep doing this every year". I think they take care of business. "That's water under the bridge", Green said.
"But we're champions and it's awesome doing it on our home court".
Now Cleveland is trying to become the first playoff team to overcome a 3-0 deficit, but that requires a road win Monday. "We don't knock them off of taking one loss or us getting one win". "They don't just lay down and die", Durant said.
But that was in Cleveland.
Durant was already one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history before his move to the Warriors after collecting the scoring title four times and picking up MVPs honors in 2014.
The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback previous year.
The Cavaliers shot 53.4 percent from the field and 45.8 percent on 3-pointers, but were outrebounded 42-40 and outscored 23-15 at the free throw line. If he can't - and if Golden State somehow allows Cleveland to get a second straight win - this series, which clearly seemed over, will suddenly be anything but.
The Warriors haven't even celebrated so much as a series victory at Oracle this year after sweeping the first three rounds, which had exceeded even their goals. And also perspective and experience.