In sports the hardest game is the closeout game. The pressure, adrenaline, and momentum is magnified. The team that is winning must overcome a wide range of emotions to be victorious.
After a crushing game 3 defeat, that left the Cavs on the brink of elimination, they responded with a dominating game 4 performance. Unlike in game 3 the Cavs never let up and never surrender the lead. It was an historic offensive night for the Cavs.
For the first time all series, all three members of the big three stepped up. Love, Irving, and Lebron combined for 94 points. They set an NBA record with 24 3 pointers. They scored the NBA Finals record for points in a quarter with 49, points in a half with 86 points, and 3 pointers made in a half with 13.
Now the Cavs find themselves in a familiar position, down 3-1 just like last year’s NBA finals. No team has ever come back from 3-0, but all it takes is one game. Now the pressure is on the Warriors to close this series out. In the back of the Warriors mind is the fact that they can’t blow another series lead.
The Cavs still have an uphill climb to get back in this series, but they avoided a sweep and handed the Warriors there first loss in the postseason. LeBron is a very prideful guy and you knew he wasn’t going to go out without a fight.
In the last two games the Cavs have outplayed the Warriors even though they only have one win to show for it. This series could easily be 2-2. Game 5 is a must win for both teams. The Warriors obviously need to win in order to close this series out and win there second NBA Championship. The Cavs need a win in order to extend this series. Someone is going to lose.