NBA Finals Game 4 : Cavs Vs Warriors

NBA Finals Game 4 : Warriors guard Stephen Curry wouldn’t use the word yet, even after the Warriors took a commanding 3-0 series lead for the second straight season with a 110-102 victory against the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Curry insists the Warriors — who could win a third NBA championship in four years Friday night — aren’t thinking that way heading into Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena.

“Not in those terms,” Curry said. “Just Game 4 is the next one we have to play, and we want to win a championship. I don’t think any of us will — that word will come out in our celebration if we can get it done. It’s just a matter of winning four games however you can.”

That won’t stop us from contemplating how a sweep in Cavs-Warriors IV impacts the league. Is it good? Is it bad? Will this trigger another “Super Team” construction involving Cavs star LeBron James, who is averaging 37.7 points, 10.7 assists and 9.0 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals?

That’s the biggest problem with the latest installment of the Cavs-Warriors saga. James’ out-of-this-world-effort is not making a dent. It hasn’t made a dent for the last two years. James is averaging 35.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 10.3 assists in the NBA Finals the last two years, and Golden State is 7-1 in those games, winning by an average of 13.1 points. The games have been (somewhat) competitive, but the series… not so much. This is the side effect of Durant signing with the Warriors. That’s a problem for the NBA.

There hasn’t been a sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007, when the Spurs swept the Cavs in James’ first Finals appearance. Golden State can complete the ninth sweep in Finals history.

Kevin Durant’s 43-point performance in Game 3 came on a night when Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 7-of-27 from the field. Even with two of the best marksmen in the world struggling to hit anything, Golden State made the big plays when it counted. James threw out a comparison that will make headlines until Friday.

“It’s almost like playing the Patriots,” James said. “You can’t have mistakes. They’re not going to beat themselves. You know, so when you’re able to either force a miscue on them, you have to be able to capitalize and you have to be so in tuned and razor sharp and focused every single possession.”

James’ comparison makes sense on a few levels. The Patriots won three Super Bowl in five years from 2002-05 and nearly won a third in four years before losing to the Eagles in Super Bowl 52. From a schematic standpoint, you have to bring you’re A-plus game to have a chance, and as these NBA Finals have proven, sometimes that’s still not enough.

The Warriors are unfair — in both a bad and good way. Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green have formed a core that continues to dominate the NBA with flair. Green was asked to describe how it feels on the winning side.

“Fun,” Green said. “Very fun. It allows all of us to play to our strengths, which is great.”

Yes, the Warriors can still be great for the league, too. It’s good to have a polarizing championship team. Some only see Golden State through the lens of sustained dominance, set to become the 13th team to win back-to-back championships with a chance to join the illustrious three-peat-or-more-club that includes the Minneapolis Lakers (1952-54), Boston Celtics (1959-66), Chicago Bulls (1991-93, 1996-98) and Los Angeles Lakers (2000-02). Ratings will go up if the Warriors are in that position next season.

James might compare the Warriors to the Patriots, but some have compared the franchise to The Beatles.

Only the Warriors now feel like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash and The Doors on one stage. It’s a ticket you can’t beat — even if you have the greatest solo artist in this generation in James. The Cavs have tried for two years, and they are now left fighting to rally from a 3-0 deficit, which has never been done before.

“I think particularly in Games 1 and 3 we really gave ourselves a chance to win,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said. “We’ve been in this position before and not came out victorious.”

Same goes for the Rockets, who had a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals before Chris Paul’s injury. The Warriors aren’t necessarily invincible, but the impact of a sweep could mean James moves in the offseason. Whether that’s Houston, Philadelphia or the Los Angeles, James could form the next “Super Team,” and that might be the best way to combat the Golden State machine. That’s to be determined, however, after this series.

Curry wouldn’t use that word yet, and don’t expect the Warriors to take this opportunity for granted given the 3-1 deficit the Cavaliers rallied from in the 2016 NBA Finals. Cleveland also avoided a sweep with a 137-116 victory in Game 4 last year. As the old Yogi Berra saying goes, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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Warriors vs. Cavaliers, Game 4 on Friday night

It may have felt a bit too close to call up until the final minutes, but, in the end, the Golden State Warriors continued with tradition last night and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in OH to now lead the 2018 NBA Finals 3-0.

It might not have been a carbon copy of the 2017 shot, but it could have similar effects; Durant is now one win away from a second straight title and possibly his second straight Finals MVP.

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers were already in trouble after dropping the first two games of the NBA Finals in Oakland.

No team in National Basketball Association history has ever come back from 3-0 down in the playoffs and attention has already turned on James’ free agency decision.

“You can’t have mistakes, they’re not going to beat themselves”, he continued.

Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win.

Warriors vs. Cavaliers Preview: NBA Finals Odds, Analysis, Game 4 Betting Pick

For the second year in a row, the Golden State Warriors will go for a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, again as solid road favorites at the sportsbooks.

The Warriors were unable to complete the sweep last season, getting routed 137-116 by the Cavaliers who closed as five-point home underdogs and were defeated in Game 5 at Golden State.

NBA point spread: The Warriors opened as 5.5-point favorites; the total is at 215, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NBA betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 113.4-101.5, Warriors (NBA picks on every game)

Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news.

Why the Warriors can cover the spread

The Warriors turned in a nearly identical Game 3 performance on Wednesday, rallying for a 110-102 victory behind a career playoff-high 43 points from Kevin Durant.

Last year, Durant scored 31 points and hit a long three-pointer in the final minute that served as the dagger in a 118-113 win at Cleveland, and he did the same exact thing this time.

Golden State was able to overcome a poor shooting night from Stephen Curry, who scored just 11 points on 3-of-16 attempts—including 1-of-10 from three-point range—along with a triple-double from LeBron James to win and cover the spread thanks to Durant.

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Cavs Vs Warriors Preview: NBA Finals Game 4 Odds, Analysis, Game 4 Betting Pick

Cavs Vs Warriors : For the second year in a row the game 4 nba finals has been started, the Golden State Warriors will go for a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, again as solid road favorites at the sportsbooks.

The Warriors were unable to complete the sweep last season, getting routed 137-116 by the Cavaliers who closed as five-point home underdogs and were defeated in Game 5 at Golden State.

NBA point spread: The Warriors opened as 5.5-point favorites; the total is at 215, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NBA betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 113.4-101.5, Warriors (NBA picks on every game)

Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news.

Why the Warriors can cover the spread

The Warriors turned in a nearly identical Game 3 performance on Wednesday, rallying for a 110-102 victory behind a career playoff-high 43 points from Kevin Durant.

Last year, Durant scored 31 points and hit a long three-pointer in the final minute that served as the dagger in a 118-113 win at Cleveland, and he did the same exact thing this time.

Golden State was able to overcome a poor shooting night from Stephen Curry, who scored just 11 points on 3-of-16 attempts—including 1-of-10 from three-point range—along with a triple-double from LeBron James to win and cover the spread thanks to Durant.