Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue Pleased by Feisty Turn to Finals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers will again try to hold off the Warriors and hold onto their championship for at least a couple more days when they face Golden State in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
After dropping the first three games of the series, the Cavs pulled out a victory on their home court in a physical Game 4. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue says he hopes his team follows the same recipe tonight in Oakland. Lue says his team was "being too nice" at the start of the series, "helping guys up off the floor, smiling, talking to guys." Lue didn't like that, but says Game 4 was more like it, with seven technical fouls, a flagrant foul, and stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other among several dustups.
Golden State forward Draymond Green says after two blowouts and a thrilling comeback victory Game 3, his team may have thought it was cruising to another championship. But he says they got "slapped in the face" by the Game 4 loss, adding: "You remember what can be."
Durant says the Warriors know that champions "don't just lay down and die."
This is the third straight Finals that the Cavs have Warriors have met.