James turned the ball over seven times in the first half. That’s the most turnovers in his career in the first half of any game. Cherish those possessions, kids.
Durant has been the difference. He went full attack mode in the first half, pouring in 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. If the Cavs want to keep this close, they must battle harder in the paint and retreat in transition.
So, maybe the Cavs should guard the ball? Durant keeps driving right down the lane, and no one is there to stop him. The Warriors have a double-digit advantage with 3:15 left in the first half.
Lowry has made three All-Star teams since. Last summer, though, he watched teammate DeMar DeRozan sign what was, at the time, the second-biggest deal in NBA history, for $139 million. That was then topped by the then-biggest contract in history, $153 million for Conley.
You’d understand if Lowry was frustrated. In his long career, he has made just about $70 million total. He knows a bit about being undervalued.
But he also knows how the market works, and heading into free agency this summer (he opted out of the final year of his last contract), he’s got to keep his options open. Thus, when Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur pointed out that Lowry had been telling people last month that he had zero interest in staying in Toronto, Lowry quickly jumped in to contradict that notion on Twitter, saying that B.S. FOR SURE didn’t come from me.
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.