Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Game 5: Lineups and Preview 6/12/17

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Lucia Summers | 13 June, 2017, 10:51

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

Golden State is leading the series 3-1, and is a win away from winning its second title in three years. Would the Cavs have done better a year ago?

The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the series as they set a record for National Basketball Association playoff winning streaks with 15 straight victories.

James took an outlet pass from Deron Williams and completed the fast break at 10:14 of the second quarter and the Cavs appeared to be in a comfortable position, up eight, 41-33, as thoughts of past year and collapse filtered through the joint. A key player the past two years because of his relentless rebounding and hard-nosed play, Thompson had been mostly invisible the first three games with just 11 rebounds. Kevin Durant, however, was hired to prevent just that kind of comeback, and it's hard to imagine it happening for Cleveland this year.

The Warriors won in 2014-15 but were beaten in last year's deciding series by the LeBron James-inspired Cavaliers.

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We just watched Golden State beat a Cleveland team that featured LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Not unlike the 2015 Finals where the Cavs lost to the Warriors in six games, James carried the Cavs throughout. "I thought the first two games were being too nice. It's tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed". For now, they are far from thinking about the offseason, but if they fall short in the Finals, there could be a ton of rumors surrounding the team. He finished with averages of 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in the five-game series.

Going into the game, the Warriors were listed in most sportsbooks as 9- or 9.5-point favorites, meaning that in order for Warriors bettors to cash in on their ticket, the Warriors had to win by ten or more points. He ran the same play with the ball now in his hands, took the trap, faked a pass to Thompson to get Curry to jump out of position, then whipped a pass to Smith for the open three. Without their best player, the Warriors would have had more difficulty matching up with James and Kyrie Irving.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been saying they're a better team when their backs are against the wall.

As Curry said after the win, "We accomplished something special". The only issue would be his on-court antics, which need to be resolved if he wants to win titles with James and company. I hope we're a little more nervous. "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".

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