The Golden State Warriors offense finally broke out of its shackles last time out and Klay Thompson insisted that once they were able to do that, they would win this series. It is hard to disagree with him.
After a struggle through the first three games which saw them fall to a 2-1 deficit, Golden State put everything together on Thursday night to seal a commanding 103-82 win.
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The Western Conference champions were finally able to prove that they were the quicker and deeper team, and after such a monumental effort from the Cavs to start the series, it could be catching up with them.
An extra day’s rest will have done them wonders though, and Game 5 represents a critical point in this match-up. Teams that have won Game 5 when the Finals are tied have gone on to win 20 of 28 titles, so both sides will be desperate to pick up the win.
The Warriors made a crucial switch to their rotation last time out, something that the Cavs don’t have the luxury of being able to do. With Andre Iguodala coming in for Andrew Bogut, the veteran helped limit LeBron James to just 20 points on 7-of-22 shooting after averaging 41 points through the first three encounters.
It is unlikely that the two-time NBA champion will be as quiet again and Cleveland will come out with more purpose this time round after being well rested.
However, the Warriors offense finally broke out of its shackles last time out and Klay Thompson insisted that once they were able to do that, they would win this series.
With Stephen Curry putting up 22 points and Draymond Green finally arriving with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, it is difficult not to agree with the Warriors guard and they’re back at the Oracle where they’ve made winning a habit.
The Finals could yet go the distance in a deciding Game 7 later in the week, and although I fancy the Warriors to win on Sunday night, this should be another close game rather than a repeat of the lop-sided win in Game 4.
Cleveland know that they need to respond otherwise their championship aspirations could start to slip away from them, and LeBron in particular isn’t ready to let that happen.
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