Kyrie Irving, LeBron James help Cavaliers pull one back vs Warriors

The 2017 National Basketball Association finals is yet to be done and dusted with.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in game four of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

The ninth career NBA Finals triple- double by James broke the all-time record he shared with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. "We showed that tonight". Overall, despite (some would say with the aid of) awful officiating (the no-call on Irving's backing violation in the first half, for starters) Cleveland kept its composure and consistency, even with all the lulls in the game.

"But coming out in Game 5, we feel like if we come to play and we make sure that we focus on our game plan and we bring the physicality and we bring it to them, then we'll put ourselves in a great position".

A year ago, after the Warriors lost Game Seven to the Cavs in the NBA Finals, Draymond Green wasted no time.

During the first quarter, the Warriors allowed the Cavs to put up an NBA Finals record 49 points.

Only seven other teams in National Basketball Association history have sent four players in one season to the All-Star Game, with this one boasting the last two players to win the MVP award, including Steph becoming the first unanimous MVP the year prior.

In an article published Thursday, ESPN.com's Zach Lowe reported that, after the Warriors' 3-1 Finals lead over the Cavaliers devolved into a 93-89 defeat in Game 7, Green sat in his vehicle in the Oracle Arena parking lot and called general manager Bob Myers to say, "It's on you". The Cavs can't afford another 0-for-7 from their second-most important scorer. "We're going to keep scrapping".

Golden State is going to have to work for it.

"He's just been very special in closeout games", said Lebron James.

James says he wants to be known - and remembered - as more than a scorer. And, whether he was fully healthy by the end of those playoffs or not, the cold, hard truth for Curry and the Warriors is that, until they close this series out, last year's failure - and every subsequent one this season - will hang over them. "So we might as well come back with a win".

Maybe Green just left him a voicemail or something. "Not going to overreact to one". KD doesn't have to do everything to help the Warriors win, even though he's been their best player throughout the Finals.

During Game 5 of the Cavaliers' Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics, James eclipsed Jordan for the league's postseason scoring mark. Early in the third quarter, he was caught napping on the baseline as Tristan Thompson battled two Warriors under the hoop. "We took care of that for the most part in the first three games, then the floodgates opened". Iman Shumpert and Deron Williams hit some unlikely ones.

The Warriors know all-too well how quickly 3-1 finals leads can vanish.

James and Durant received technical fouls in the 3rd quarter after yelling at each other, two of 7 technicals issued in the game, 5 in a raucous 3rd quarter. As it stands entering Game 5, he has four technical fouls, so if he winds up racking up three more, he'll earn an automatic one-game suspension. Pachulia could have been tossed, but was only given a technical, as was Shumpert. No other team was able to top 8 percent. No one would be surprised if someone said San Antonio won a championship at the beginning of the season. Comedian Kevin Hart and National Football League star Odell Beckham Jr. were among the courtside celebrities. Unknown to them and everyone else in the building was that official John Goble had actually called the tech on head coach Kerr, who reacted angrily to the common foul call. "So I'll just leave that at that". And that was my barometer.

James was a six-time All-Star in his seventh season with the Cavaliers when he made a decision to leave in the summer of 2010 to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. "I thought the first two games [we] were being too nice". "I don't stink anymore.". They must correct the mistakes that led to a batch of those triples or risk this series getting far more unsafe for a second straight year.

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