The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing for their season Friday night when they host the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors hold a 3-0 lead in the series after Kevin Durant posted a playoff-career-high 43 points in a 110-102 victory in Game 3 in Cleveland.
Last season, these teams were in this exact position and the Cavaliers pulled out a 137-116 to see one more game and prevent Golden State from going 16-0 for the postseason. Now the Warriors are looking for a sweep once again as they try to become the first team to win three titles in four seasons since the Lakers in 2000-2002.
Andrew Sharp wrote about why Durant should leave the Warriors as they inch closer toward a second consecutive title and he and Ben Golliver discussed how the series should be viewed if Golden State is able to end it four games.
Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, will be back for a second straight game after missing six consecutive playoff contests due to a leg injury.
Game 4 will tip at 9 p.m. ET and you can stay posted here for updates throughout the game.
Might be time to stick a fork in the Cavs.
17–7 run to close the quarter...
The Warriors opened it up to a 15-point lead and LeBron did not seem to happy with everyone on the bench.
Sup, third quarter Warriors.
Yep, JaVale hit a finger roll over LeBron. Iconic Finals moment.
When Andre Iguodala is hitting threes, it may not be your night. This is the shot the Cavaliers are content to live with, and so far it's netted Golden State nine points.
LeBron is turning it up in this second quarter...
The Cavs actually are now leading, if you can believe it, thanks to this weird, great dunk by LeBron. This ball didn't even touch the net. Went right through.
LeBron's eyes are going to need two offseasons.
Might be a close game after all?
Kevin Durant: Still impossible to guard.
Aaaaand it's an 11-point game again.
The Cavs ran out to their own 8–0 run to make this a two-point game, and the crowd finally felt alive for the first time all night on this Kevin Love three (this isn't the Kevin Love three, but an insane LeBron floater)
Steph made this...
Well, it wasn't a great start for Cleveland. The Cavs only saw one of five shots fall—a JR Smith three—and Golden State hopped out to a 10–3 lead. This Curry tip-in was kinda ominous.