Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

The Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Cavaliers’ Le Bron James wait to resume play during Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Friday

The Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Cavaliers’ Le Bron James wait to resume play during Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Friday

The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from 3-1 down a year ago in dethroning the Warriors. "Just go out there, be yourself and play your game".

"Definitely", Green said. "We're competitors".

Sort of sums up the situation nicely, huh?

The team that sets the tone physically has won every game in this series, with perhaps the exception of Game 3. So win. Or it's over with.

And all it would take is a Cavaliers victory Monday in Game 5 at Oracle Arena to make one think that maybe it's possible that Cleveland pulls off another unprecedented championship. They had the Cavs down, 3-1.

Coming home for Game 5 the Warriors sounded supremely confident that they can shake off that Game 4 lapse and end this thing on their home court. And again as the Cavs claimed the championship. They lost game five at home previous year on the way to dropping the series.

The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 but missed a chance to clinch with a 137-116 loss Friday at Cleveland, the more intense and physical Cavaliers ending Golden State's unbeaten playoff run at 15 games.

This time Draymond Green will be playing in Game 5 for the Warriors. You get punched in the face you want to respond.

Jefferson doesn't believe the magnitude of the Game 4 blowout scored by the Cavs damaged the Warriors' psyche in any way. They unleashed record-setting numbers, stunning the Warriors with 49 points in the first quarter, 86 points in the first half, both Finals records. The Cavs, for one game, left the Warriors a mess. His efficiency in these games has also been incredible, as he has shot 53 percent from the floor, 55 percent from three, and 95 percent from the free throw line. Yeah, I didn't like that. "Talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to get that edge, you got to do it". They were tough, they were determined. Everything the Warriors wanted to do, the Cavs denied. You just have to learn from it. That's the hardest challenge, when you have that type of emotions, to channel it. Are we going to get after it and compete?

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"We knew coming into the Game 5 previous year if we don't protect the ball, we don't limit their three-point shooting, then we can get blown out the window and blown out of this arena", LeBron said.

"We just want to play a good game". No one ever has done it. Desperate to avoid being swept, they were practically ideal in Game 4.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Pushing, shoving, trash talk, a general disdain for the opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue can't get enough of it.

"We just didn't play well at all. We feel very comfortable".

"Knowing that they're going to try that same game plan, we just got to play with more force, energy, and just lock in defensively".

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving yells toward his bench during play against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. A key player the past two years because of his relentless rebounding and hard-nosed play, Thompson had been mostly invisible the first three games with just 11 rebounds. And the Cavs were brutes. "So it's great for us to lock back in and come out with that same focus that we came out with earlier in the season".

After Game 4, Green said Cleveland fans weren't "that sharp", but Sunday he said he "didn't bash them". "Our game plan was pretty straightforward. Seven is too many".

The Warriors know all this. They are in the same position now except for a few significant changes.

"They're going to come out with an wonderful focus", Jefferson said of the Warriors.

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