Irving saves his best for when Cavs face Finals elimination

Pay attention to what kind of ball-stopping the Dubs do in the fourth quarter tonight, a quarter during which, over the first four games, they've allowed an average of 22.5 points, after giving up 29.8 over the first three frames.

So it's possible - 4.26% possible, to be exact - that the Cavs will come back and take the 2017 NBA Finals.

To hear them tell it, they're eyes have been appropriately widened. "And for the rest of us, we have to do everything else".

On Friday night, the Cavs turned anger over some comments made by Golden State's motor-mouthed forward Draymond Green into energy and their best performance this season. "So you have to come out with a killer instinct and a punch-to-the-face mentality". Green, expected to start in the 9 p.m. tip-off, was banished for Game 5 previous year for punching the Cavaliers' LeBron James in the groin in Game 4. The Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series to stun the defending champs in 2016, using a 112-97 win in Game 5 in Oakland as a catalyst.

"The Warriors have been heavily supported", Westgate sports book manager Jeff Sherman said Monday. "I can't imagine they put themselves in position to go back to Cleveland for Game 6 and start feeling the pressure in Game 7".

The Cavaliers are different and more imposing beasts, to be sure, but hardly are they unassailable - particularly in Oakland.

Let me preface this article by bluntly stating I do not believe this game was rigged.

Conditions are ripe for the Warriors to summon their inner exterminator. He thrives in big moments, channeling Kobe Bryant's "Mamba Mentality" when his team needs him most. "We may do some of that". That's the hardest challenge, when you have that type of emotions, to channel it. "But listen, at the end of the day we just got some resilient guys".

"Those are all things that we talk about, and we have to figure that out".

"We won three games in a row in the Finals, 15 in a row overall in the playoffs, [and] you just think it's going to happen", Green said. "That's up to us". If Cavaliers beat Warriors, they will be right back in the series, and they will have the belief back in the team too.

The Warriors are an easy home favorite tonight in Game 5 with a chance to wrap up their second National Basketball Association title in three years, a year after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs.

If you thought the officiating was suspect in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, you are most certainly not alone.

"He's unsafe, so we just wanted to limit his shots, take the ball out of his hands", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said here Sunday. And they can duplicate that. "I'm confident. I'm energetic and positive about the opportunity we have in front of us tomorrow".

The All-Star point guard, who made several Golden State defenders look silly with his darting moves, excels when things seem darkest.

"But it's on us". "They have so many weapons and they're so well coached that we know that they're going to make some adjustments, and we're going to have to do the same".

He was asked whether this might be the game the Warriors feel they must get.

Go ahead, back them into a corner.