With backs to the wall, Cavaliers' Irving at his best

Warriors forward Kevin Durant, 28, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals. It's been about them proving that past year was a fluke, KD validating the move here, which it's been validated, but, no.

Not since 1996 had a team up 3-0 failed to sweep in the final. For the second year in a row, the Cavs must make an improbable comeback if it wants to hoist the trophy. "LeBron and Kyrie I've never seen nothing like them two before". I'm stressed out. Keep doing this every year.

The win on Friday, though, may have done more than stress out LeBron. How can we exploit him in other ways, put him on one side and attack the other side of the floor, create a switch? After all, "blowing a 3-1 lead" has become a widely circulated joke. The average ticket price on the site for the game is $1,731, ESPN reported, almost 20 percent higher than last year's Game 5 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, when the average reached $1,444.

He's right. The Warriors suiting up on Monday will be much different from the team at the same point in 2016.

The Golden State Warriors, having roared through the postseason with 15 straight wins - majority in dominant fashion - looked for sure as though they would wrap up their incredible, undefeated playoff run on Friday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

"Last game, in game four, I thought that's who we are".

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Warriors are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -8.5 points against the Cavs.

"Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together to be able to hopefully compete against this team", James said.

Kyrie Irving added: "We understand how special that team is down there". They won Game 6 at The Q, 115-101, and then won Game 7, in Oakland, 93-89 to become the first team in National Basketball Association history to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit to win the championship.

Still, the series could easily be tied 2-2.

James' dunk gave the Cavaliers all of the momentum.

But Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue isn't going to buy into a nothing-to-lose mentality. "So as I was thinking about my decision and who I was gonna play for, this team came to mind".

Though the Cavaliers led 37-33 at the end of the first quarter, Golden State soon reasserted their dominance by winning the second 38-23 to lead 71-60 at half-time.

Irving played just one game before injuring his knee in the first Finals meeting between these teams in 2015.

The quarter closed with a 3-ball from Curry with 12 seconds to go, answered by one from James with 2.7 seconds remaining.

"Maybe more measured", Myers said, comparing Green from a year ago to now.

"Me personally, I liked it", Lue said of the testy nature of Friday's game. "We can't worry about what happens after the game", Durant said.

"We know the situation we're in".

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