The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are set to clash again in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to extend the series to Game 6 after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. Many are expecting that Game 5 will be the last game of the 2015-16 NBA season since it was held at the Warriors’ territory. However, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving kept their dream of winning the NBA championship title alive by scoring 82 points combined.
The absence of Draymond Green was clearly a big factor in the Warriors’ loss. The NBA officials decided to suspend Green after reviewing a Game 4 video where the Warriors forward was caught hitting LeBron James in the groin. Green admitted that it was his fault. However, he said that the outcome of Game 5 will be different if he played.
“I have strong belief that if I play Game 5, we win. But I didn’t because I put myself in a situation where I wasn’t able to play.” Green told reporters in Cleveland at practice on Wednesday.
The Warriors’ struggle in Game 5 continued after their center Andrew Bogut suffered an injury in the third quarter resulting for him to leave the game and never come back. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut avoided a major knee injury, but he will miss the rest of the NBA Finals.
Andrew Bogut is undeniably a big factor in Golden State Warriors matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bogut is the only legitimate center who can match the Cavaliers towering height. The Warriors should make a huge adjustment with the loss of Bogut. Either Festus Ezeli or Anderson Varejao should step up to fill up the hole that Bogut will leave.
“I’ve been in this position before; be aggressive,” Ezeli told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears. “Especially on the boards and in the paint. We win that way.”
The Cavaliers will surely take advantage of the situation in order to tie the series with the Warriors and force Game 7. However, as long as the Splash Brothers are in, the Cavaliers should not expect that the Warriors will be an easy opponent in Game 6.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on June 16, Thursday night 9:00 p.m. at the Quick Loans Arena.
TV Channel: ABC, ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: WATCHESPN
Predictions: Cavaliers over Warriors, 110-95
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