Zaza won't be suspended after his Game 5 swipe

With the NBA Finals Game 5 hours away, social media was buzzing about the prospects of Golden State becoming NBA champions Monday night, and about Cleveland possibly forcing a Game 6 later this week.

Irving, who put the Cavaliers ahead to stay on a stunning 3-pointer in the final minute of game seven past year, scored 40 points Friday to lead Cleveland's 137-116 home win over Golden State to extend the series, hitting seven of a finals-record 24 3-pointers for the Cavs.

Kyrie Irving led the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday with 40 points to help his team stay alive in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James said his teammate is built for the drama of an NBA Finals elimination game, a trait the Golden State Warriors have learned all too well these past two years.

On Saturday, Green told the media, "I really don't pay much attention to anyone in Cleveland, honestly".

Another 3-1 lead for Warriors - anxious or nah? For them, every game is Game 7 now, and I expect the same effort going forward. "I actually wasn't thinking about that until you asked me", Curry said replied when asked about another 3-1 finals lead. "And then all of a sudden you get slapped in the face".

"You remember what can be, what can happen".

The All-Star point guard, who made several Golden State defenders look silly with his darting moves, excels when things seem darkest.

Pachulia has been more effective defensively than McGee, but the Cavs have still been able to take advantage of him as a non-switching center. The shot missed, but it was a shot the Cavs are happy to get (though they have to be better with their transition defense off misses from the corner). Coming back from 3-1 deficit isn't something that happens every year, but this is a new age of the National Basketball Association.

"He's risky, so we just wanted to limit his shots, take the ball out of his hands", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. They lost game five at home previous year on the way to dropping the series. Last season, they established a Finals record as the first team to ever come back from a 3-1 deficit and shock the Warriors in seven games. Sure, it will be a tall task in Oakland with a motivated Kevin Durant trying to capture his first career title and playing like a possible Finals MVP. We're a championship team.

Green was quoted throughout the article, and the anecdote about him calling Durant right after Game 7 was relayed from Green directly to Lowe. If the Warriors can do one on Monday night, it'll go a long way toward helping them do the other.

But that was in Cleveland. #LeBron James thinks the Cavaliers should take one game at a time, starting with Game 5 on Monday, as they try to get back in this series. And after struggling mightily from beyond the arc in the first three games, the Cavs finally exploded in a big way by hitting a playoff-record 24 three-pointers on a sizzling 53 percent shooting.

That present will include Draymond Green, certainly the most vocal addition to Game 5 from a year ago. And also perspective and experience.

Disclaimer: I'm not about to go all Skip Bayless on you, but if LeBron does everything else at an A-plus level, I'd put his "I have one possession against a locked-in defense". He has been the barometer for Cleveland the past two years around the constant greatness from James.

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