These two teams will not only be measured by their success this season, but also their places in NBA history. The bar has ben set in terms of playoff superiority by the 2000-01 Lakers, led by the dynamic duo of Kobe Bryant (28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game) and Shaquille O’Neal (28.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.8 blocks per game).
Both the Cavs and Warriors are on pace to challenge that Lakers squad for the best playoff run ever.
But last year is last year, this year is this year, Kerr said. I’m pretty sure Draymond won’t get suspended for Game 5. Maybe he will. I don’t know. But we’ll go back and tee it up again.
Green isn’t suspended, even if he teetered on ejection in the Game 4 loss, then teed off in his postgame interview afterward. Green’s one-game suspension turned the momentum last year. He’ll be on the floor Monday. So will Kevin Durant, the biggest difference in the series through four games. Durant scored 31 points in the loss. Golden State is still in control with two games at a place where they haven’t lost in these playoffs.
They’ll still have to earn it against a James-Irving combo that totaled 71 points in Game 4. Irving felt motivated by the chatter coming out of the Golden State locker room, and wasn’t afraid to speak up afterward.
Social media is everywhere, Irving said. I mean, social media is just — it raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it. So we see everything. I’ll be sitting up here lying saying that I didn’t see it.