It’s all tied up 2 games apiece as we head into Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals and the only question now is: who wants it more?
Game 5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Golden State Warriors takes place at Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California; coverage starts at 7 P.M. (EST), tip-off is at 8 P.M. (EST), all on ABC.
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Preview: Cleveland looked like they had control of this series after starting game 4 with a 7-0 run, but by the end of the first quarter GS had the lead and never looked back.
The Warriors won by a whopping 103-82 and grabbed the momentum as they head home for tonight’s pivotal game 5.
Statistically, of the 28 times that an NBA finals series has been tied 2-2 the winner of game 5 has won the series 20 of those 28 times (71.4%), so a win here for either team is big.
For the Cavs, LeBron needs to get his legs back under him, as all the minutes he’s been playing seem to have taken their toll in game 4, where he had only 20 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.
They also need more from their new star, Matthew Dellavedova, who couldn’t get going on offense or defense and looked equally spent.
Most importantly though, they need more from guys like Smith, Shumpert and Mozgov, in addition to forcing GS to play at the Cavs pace if they hope to have a shot at winning.
For the Warriors, with Curry back to MVP form, they need to continue to attack like they did in game 4 and control the tempo of the game, which can really hurt and already exhausted Cleveland team.
They also need to continue to grab rebounds and get everyone involved if they want to secure the win.
Prediction: Warriors 105-Cleveland 95.