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

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr laughs during press availability on practice day during NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio on Thursday

From the moment the Cleveland Cavaliers extended these NBA Finals to a fifth game thanks to a 137-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, the story line for the three days leading up to Monday night was set.

The Warriors won 14 in a row without him during the regular season, reviving talk that they could win it all without him. "I thought the first two games we were being too nice". "I guarantee you they don't want to get on a plane and go back to Cleveland [for Game 6] because then we'll probably be getting on a plane and coming back here again".

On Friday, Green also took a verbal swipe at Cleveland fans ("they don't seem to be the sharpest people around"), said he was thrilled the Quicken Loans crowd chanted his name in derision ("they show me how important I am to them; they are at home thinking about me") and deftly outlined the Warriors' complaints about the officiating in Game 4 without being too obvious about it.

"We've been on each other a lot throughout these first four games", James said. As James got up, he offered a hand to McGee to help him. Everything the Warriors wanted to do, the Cavs denied.

"Bringing a physicality, being physical", Lue said. Charles Barkley said he was "gravy-training", piling on with a great team to win his first National Basketball Association title and buff his reputation as a big-game player.

And while the comments didn't come across as excessively brash given that they were from Green, Irving said the Cavs were offended and inspired by them. I want to see how it feels to win at home. A key player the past two years because of his relentless rebounding and hard-nosed play, Thompson had been mostly invisible the first three games with just 11 rebounds. "We didn't have any of that in Game 4".

The more physical play appeared to be just the thing to get Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson unleashed. "Talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it".

Cavs guard J.R. Smith took issue with Lue's wording.

Granted the Warriors are a much tougher team this season, but they've been able to pull it out when they needed it most. I think he's been brilliant. "If you give them open looks, they're capable of making it". "I think everybody's feeling that way". In other words, bettors would have to put down $360 to win $100 by wagering on Golden State to win. "It's not on us". Where is the pressure on us? We added Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

OAKLAND-The level of acrimony between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has grown as the National Basketball Association final has unfolded. We're the defending champs. "There's no substitute for experiencing winning a championship and losing one for what else you need to know as a player". There never has. There's never been that. There never has. It's been about them proving that previous year was a fluke, KD validating the move here, which it's been validated. "We didn't give any kind of resistance in the first three minutes where they just got real comfortable on our miscommunication", Stephen Curry said. Now that they've found a rhythm, the series taken on an entirely different complexion.

"It was a miserable night", he said Sunday after his team's workout at its downtown practice facility. They had all the focus. We just kept our composure.

"We feel like any game that we walk on the floor we have a great game plan, and we expect to win".



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