"That's not our game".
"I think that there's an understanding between our guys that we haven't performed well in Game 3 [in the past]", Green said. "We play at our pace". Cleveland shot just 19-for-60 from 3-point territory (31.6 percent) in the two games at Oracle Arena, nowhere near the 38.4 percent it shot as a team in the regular season when it was second best in the league. "So we just got to stay locked in like we have been". "We have won a lot of games playing the way we play, so we're not going to change". That's a strong statement, but I guess we'll never know.
Whether or not this series will see even five, much less six or seven games, heavily depends on the play of both teams over the next two games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't put up much of a fight while losing the first two games of the NBA Finals and aim to start a turnaround when they host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. "I was at the studio, and a friend of a guy who came here knew LeBron's people and said they wanted to come in", he says.
Asked about Johnson's comment that his "Showtime" Lakers team would have swept this year's Warriors, Green merely laughed.
"For him the whole priority was his health, and I think he's in a good place right now", Curry said.
"The guys that were here previous year understand that the hardest thing to do is to close out a series". He was a force in the first half, with Kevin Love playing great alongside him, as the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers went blow-for-blow with the Warriors. Still, when you beat a team as convincingly, in every aspect of the game, as the Warriors have the Cavs in the first two games, it's hard to find areas to focus on.
"Yeah, I'm playing with a lot of energy, that's the biggest thing", Curry said.
The Cavs prevailed in Game 5, 112-97.
Thompson, whose rebounding has been critical for the Cavaliers all season, has been virtually absent for two games. More disconcerting to the Cavs might be the fact that Durant and Curry - who is averaging 30 points per game in these Finals - seem to have found their groove.
"I don't want to get into the "what we need to do better" right now".
"What we saw in our series with Oklahoma City, that's what we envisioned from K.D.", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Durant is halfway to a Finals MVP and a championship ring and while there is the perception he jumped on the Golden State bandwagon, a blind man could see that he's the best player on this team. No team had ever won more than 11 consecutive playoff games before this postseason. "We don't play slowdown basketball", James said. They just want to seize this moment. "It's something that I feel like is - that it's OK for me to kind of always go back and know that I can refocus".
Haynes noted Green's comments come after former Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce said Durant is now the best player in the league, a title many have bestowed upon James without much debate in recent years. That's a 33-point swing (90-57) in favour of Golden State. "16-0 doesn't matter in any stretch of the imagination unless it is a close out game and that is the opportunity in front of us".
The Cavaliers played better Sunday than in Game 1, and it was still a 132-113 loss.