I don't remember momentum swinging so much in an NBA Finals series like it has so far this year. Before either team tipped off for Game 1, very few people thought that the Cleveland Cavaliers could hang with the Western Conference champions, the Golden State Warriors. After an overtime period where starting point guard got injured even fewer people stood by Cleveland after taking a loss in the series opener. dug deep, and really make life tough for in the next two games. The Cavaliers 'stole' a game in Oakland, and then followed that up with another big win in Game 3. With the Cavaliers up 2-1 on Warriors the pendulum of momentum has swung completely in the other direction -- what was once a "no chance at all" and become "wow, I can't believe what is happening!" Of course, the Warriors stormed back and won Game 4, and did it in their consummate style. In fact, Game 4 was where the Dubs finally looked like the team that took control of the Western Conference by storm. And once again, we've seen a momentum shift. The longer this series goes, a) the more opportunities we have for Golden State to retain and maintain their form, and b) more chances for the Cavs skeleton crew to get tired.
David Blatt is using a very short rotation that even some of his players question. Steve Kerr is being accused to not making enough adjustments. In Blatt's defense he said that he was not game planning for July. In Kerr's defense they did blow out the other team and have been remarkable with their starting line up this season. It's going to be an exciting game, back in Oakland. The winner of said game will be only a game away from the title.
The Warriors have the advantage, and will be at home. However, King James has shown that if you want to knock him out, you may have to suit up for 7 games to do so.
- PG: Matthew Dellavedova vs. Stephen Curry
- SG: vs.
- SF: LeBron James vs.
- PF: vs.
- C: vs.
- (CLE, PF), out for season
- Kyrie Irving (CLE, PG), out for season
- Anderson Verajao (CLE, C), out for season
- LeBron James (CLE, SF/PF), head injury, will play