Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

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Warriors are the 13th team in NBA Finals history to take a three-games-to-none lead in the series (out of 71 total Finals).In each of the prior 12 instances, the team that has taken the 3-0 Finals lead has gone on to win the NBA Championship.

"We felt great about previous year up 3-1", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"Like I said before, [the Warriors] create so many different problems, so much firepower, that we always have to play great in order to win", James said.

One of the plays being looked at is the Zaza Pachulia incident which took place with a little over a minute to play in the third quarter. They had an All-Star-Game-like 86 points at halftime, and they had logged 115 points - more than they'd had in any full game this series - through the end of three periods.

Golden State knows it too must make adjustments, including getting a hand in the face of the Cavs' sharpshooters after surrendering a Finals record 24 3-pointers Friday, seven of those by Irving during his 40-point masterpiece.

So, the Golden State Warriors aren't playoff ideal.

Kyrie Irving was unstoppable for the Cavaliers. Or are we going to do what we did the other night, which is allow three-point shooters to get open, get broken down at the point of attack, give up offensive boards. LeBron James was the last person to get off the bus. The teams were separated by 4 or less in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, fast break points and points in the paint. The Cavs have another advantage over Golden State-a lack of pressure.

But Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue kept insisting that he would not change his lineup or his team's plan of attack and it paid off in the Game 4 rout by the Cavs. That is highly unlikely.

"I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment", he said.

James, though, wouldn't concede the Cavs have the Warriors right where they want them.

The talking heads on television and writers are practically begging for the Cavaliers to get back into this series.

Durant is the odds-on favorite to win the series MVP award should the Warriors prevail.

But Curry was a near non-factor in the potential close out game, settling for 14 points and a game worst minus-25. The Cavaliers will have to play their best game of the series to get back to Cleveland on Thursday night. Cleveland may not be receiving a thank you card from Golden State anytime soon, but they have an even better gift, a seat in Game 5.

"We went to practice, we talked to the guys".

Being the tone setters in terms of physicality is the kind of thing that can decide a game for so many reasons. If you project that out over four quarters, that would be a pace of 108.7.

You need to be Logged in to sign up for Express Login. Can Golden State handle that stress?

That feat would be especially dramatic, considering the Warriors had a ideal postseason record before their game-four loss. Golden State is now 30-2 in their last 32 games.

That ended Sunday in Oakland in advance of Game 5.

Emotions are running high in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, with superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant exchanging heated words while Golden State and Cleveland are locked in a familiar tension-packed position.

Game 4 tips off at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

My postseason record: 17-7 (+$845).

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