The Golden State Warriors are one win away before having their second consecutive NBA championship title. With Game 5 going back to the Oracle Arena, can the Cleveland Cavaliers prevent the mighty Warriors for giving them their second straight defeat in the NBA Finals?
Game 4 of the NBA Finals was a very important game for the Cleveland Cavaliers as it was their chance to tie the series with the Golden State Warriors. However, the Warriors still managed to bounce back from their Game 3 defeat giving the Cavaliers a 1-3 deficit in the NBA Finals. What made the Game 4 more intense was the altercation between Draymond Green and LeBron James.
Based on the review of the incident, it seemed like Draymond Green did not like LeBron James stepping on him when he went down. Green released a quick blow between the legs of the Cavaliers star resulting for him to turn his back and confront Green.
According to Los Angeles Times, the NBA announced on Sunday that the league has decided to give Draymond Green a flagrant-1 foul for hitting LeBron James in the groin and a one-game suspension.
The decision may not be on the right timing for the Warriors since Green is one of the essential players in their matchup against the Cavaliers. However, it seems like they cannot do anything but to accept the league’s decision.
“We know it’s going to kill him not being there,” shooting guard Klay Thompson said. “But we’re going to go out there and do it as a team and win for him.”
James’ action on stepping on Green created negative reactions from Warriors’ players saying it was an act of disrespect. The Cavaliers star defended himself, saying that he was just trying to get back into the game.
“I was just trying to get back into the play, I think what had happened [with Green] was intentional,” James said. “I knew we got into a grapple at the top of the key, but for me just trying to get back into the play.”
Draymond Green’s presence in the Warriors’ frontcourt is undeniably irreplaceable, especially on the defensive end. The Cleveland Cavaliers will surely find a way to take advantage of the situation. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are expected to step up once again to get their second consecutive NBA championship title.
Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on Monday night 9 p.m. ET at the Oracle Arena.
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Prediction: Warriors over Cavaliers, 109-96
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