The Cavaliers came out like gangbusters in the first quarter with JR Smith hitting two big 3 pointers and a clutch bucket and looked to be finally giving LeBron James some much needed help on the offensive end of the floor. But tonight would be just like most of Smith’s career, up and then down. He had 11 points in the first 9 minutes, but ended the game with 19. James was just man handling all those that tried to guard him. Tough play from both teams. Steve Kerr went small again starting Andre Iguodala and inexplicably David Blatt played right into the Warriors hands and sat Timofey Mozgov! The 1st would end knotted at 22.
Stephen Curry was sensational all game and seemed to thrive with the Cavs trying to stay small. The Warriors were down most of the 2nd quarter as Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson contributed, but even that wasn’t enough as Kerr countered with Leandro Barbosa who not only gave the Warriors clutch minutes but scored and helped defend James who was simply UNSTOPPABLE. Andrew Bogut’s biggest moment may have been calming a Draymond Green who was surely asking for a T staring down an official. The Dubs would go on a run and end the quarter up 51-50. Iguodala was big again but atrocious from the free throw line (2-11) and Blatt should’ve gone to “Hack a Iggy” just to try to stop the bleeding.
For another game, Matthew Dellavedova gave his team NOTHING and there was no more of that crazy talk about him shutting down NBA MVP Steph Curry. Delly had 5 points and 3 steals. Mike Miller got in the game but gave them nothing. Mozgov scored zero points after scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds in game 4. The Warriors would go on a 13-4 run to go up 73-67. LeBron James was insane with 40 points 14 rebounds with 11 assists but it simply wasn’t enough as he and Curry traded 3 pointers. Harrison Barnes only scored 8 points but he had 10 boards 3 big offensive rebounds. Somehow, they were only down by 1 point and then the Warriors went on another one of their patented runs, They finally got a 3 from Klay Thompson to help him reach 12 points. Both James and Curry showed up big in the 4th (James with 16 of his 40 and Curry 17 of his 37 points) and it seemed that the Cavs just didn’t have enough when Curry started shooting and shaking Delly out of his sneakers with his handle. The sick crossover step back 3 is something to behold. He is the MVP.
I’m not sure how the Cavs can win on Tuesday. If they go big they will get outran, and the Warriors shooters are hot right now. Yes, LeBron can have his 40+ but if he doesn’t get help, it will NOT matter. I’ve said from the start that Golden State was the deeper team and once Kyrie Irving went down things looked bleak. The Cavs stole game 2 because they were overconfident because without Irving’s 27 in game 1 the Dubs blow them out. James was on the 1st bus tonight 2 and a half hours early at Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum. He may be the greatest player in the world (he actually called himself that in his post game interview) but 1 man has NEVER won a NBA Championship. Think James misses Kevin Love now?
Things To Note: MVPs are 13-0 when they are up 3-2 in the Finals.
LeBron’s 30+ points 10+ rebounds and 10+ assists in the playoffs ties him with Oscar Robinson for all time. The Warriors are 48-4 at home all year.
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About TK: Terrence Kyrell Hodge I was born 9/13/79, in what was then W. Berlin Germany, to Qualise and Lieutenant Tyrone Hodge of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in London England and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2000 with BA in English and Political Science. Terrence writes about any and everything. Terrence is planning a series of novels that are works of “faction” part factual (nonfiction) and partly fictional. He plans to bring a dual vision of American and European observation and opinions to PMA. He will bring blunt honesty with a sense of comedy. He says “I will write wherever I’m needed as I am NOT a one trick pony.