• It actually happened tonight, the Warriors finally lost a game in the NBA Playoffs. It hasn’t been the series we were hoping for but this game gives all NBA fans a glimmer of hope that this series be more competitive. To be fair the Warriors are likely going to win this series anyways so don’t get your hopes up, Cavalier fans. That being said, I picked the Cavs to take this series in seven and I’m sticking to it! Things got real chippy down in Cleveland and this is the way they should’ve played all series, scrappy and physical! On this Friday night of NBA action, Hoop-Ball has got you covered! Besides the terrible officiating in this game, the Cavaliers showed up to play in a big way and have forced a Game 5 on Monday in Golden State. The series is finally getting interesting so let’s hop right into Saturday’s Daily Dish! Also follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@NguyenTDanh) if you have any questions!

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    Cavaliers 137, Warriors 116

    It was do or die for the Cavaliers and boy did they show up ready to go. They made it rain all game and set the NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 24 in total. As per usual, the Big 3 did their thing for the Cavs. LeBron James posted another triple-double, notching 31 points (three treys), 10 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal. The King surpassed Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history with nine and looks to add to his total Monday in the Bay. Kyrie Irving erupted for 40 points (seven treys), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal and was simply unstoppable. Uncle Drew shows up in these clutch moments and he will have to keep this up if they’re going to come back from this 3-1 series deficit again.

    Kevin Love didn’t back down from the challenge tonight either, posting a solid 23 points (six treys), five rebounds, two steals and one block. KLove couldn’t miss from deep, hitting 6-of-8 from deep and this is exactly what they were hoping to get out of him. The biggest difference tonight was the confidence and energy we saw from J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Thompson wasn’t outstanding but his presence was definitely felt this game, playing solid defense and grabbing 10 rebounds (five offensive). Smith was the one that got the ball rolling for the Cavs and hit key treys down the stretch, finishing with 15 points (five treys). Just like that, we’re back to where we were last year heading into Game 5, Warriors up 3-1, but something tells me the Cavaliers aren’t afraid of this moment.

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    When a team hits a total of 24 3-pointers, it’s hard to beat them. Kevin Durant tried to carry the Warriors tonight, finishing with 35 points (two treys), four rebounds, four assists and two blocks, but it wasn’t enough. KD was the only real threat to the Cavs tonight and although they took the L, it was another reminder to the world that he isn’t slowing down. Stephen Curry struggled tonight with just 13 points (4-of-13), five rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. The defense was all over him, trapping him whenever possible and he looked rushed at times during the game.

    Draymond Green had a big double-double, scoring 16 points to go with 14 boards, three assists, two steals and one block. Things got physical and he was nearly tossed from the game until referees clarified the disastrous situation. Green won’t be missing Game 5 but he should try to control his temper a tad bit better or he may actually end up getting tossed this time. As for Klay Thompson, he spent most of his time “guarding” Kyrie and couldn’t get it rolling on offense, scoring just 13 points (four treys).

    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Thank you to all the readers and subscribers! Cheers! #HoopBall #CavsInSeven

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