Cavs fail to even series, as Curry and Warriors find themselves one win from repeat championship.
On a night where the Cleveland Cavaliers hoped to even up the series at 2-2 it has seemingly slipped through their fingers, as they looked to head to Oracle Arena with much more confidence. This was the best game of the Finals so far, but would’ve been much more sweeter for Lebron and company if they gave their fans something to cheer for till the closing minutes. Now Cleveland will have to dig down deep inside, and try to do what no other team has done before, and that is come back form a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.
Just like in Game 3, Richard Jefferson (3 points 1-2 FG in 25 MIN) would start over Kevin Love (11 points 3-6 FG) hardly being efficient. Jefferson was shut down and was just a body on the floor, as he failed to give his team any kind of production. Love came of the bench after missing Game 3 due to failing the concussion protocol that forced him to sit. Love played 25 minutes, and chipped in 5 rebounds with his 11 points. Lebron James (25 points 11-21 FG) should’ve been the hero his city needed, but was no match as he and Kyrie Irving (34 points 14-28 FG) failed to stop the Splash Brothers from dominating on their home court. Lebron’s stats look good on paper until you noticed that he had seven turnovers. Kyrie was sensational, but just like most of the series, nobody else could step up when it counted the most. At the half the Cavs were up by 5, and got out scored in the second-half 58-42.
After getting blown out in Game 3 Harrison Barnes (14 points 5-11 FG) said that the Cavs got their attention, and that we would see a different team coming into Game 4. He was right as GS set a Finals record hitting 17 3-pt FG as a team. Stephen Curry (38 points 11-25 FG, 7-13 3-pt FG) struggled in the first 3 Finals games, but came through when it mattered at the most. Klay Thompson (25 points 7-14 FG) added 4 3-pointers himself, and Draymond Green (9 points 2-9 FG) cooled down from the previous games, but still contributed enough for his team.
For 6:36 in the fourth Cleveland went cold failing to hit a shot during the drought. A mistake any team can’t afford while taking on a potent Warriors team. The fourth quarter should have been Lebron’s time to shine, and prove why he’s the best player in the NBA. Instead he disappeared as he’s done in previous Finals series, and now a chance to end the 52-year drought of not winning a championship since 1964 in Cleveland seems further away than ever. Instead we saw a frustrated Lebron get into a scuffle with Draymond, causing him to step over him as they jawed back and forth. Lebron even got into a bit of a heated conversation with Curry as the two had to be separated. And if things couldn’t get any more out of hand we saw a fan who had “Trump Sucks” run onto the court to be tackled and escorted out, while another fan came up to the press row late in the fourth and announced “This crushes our soul”. Game 4 was indeed very soul crushing for the Cavs and their fans, as Cleveland now heads back to Oracle for Game 5 on Monday. GS on the other hand seem more determined to celebrate getting showered in confetti, as they hope to put a book mark in the 2016 Finals for good. Game 5 tips-off Monday at 9:00 PM ET.