The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a gut-wrenching 108-97 loss in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and with the series shifting back to Oakland for Game 5 tonight, LeBron James is determined to convince his teammates that they still have a chance to extend and win the battle with the Golden State Warriors.

With Draymond Green suspended for Game 5, LeBron and the Cavs have to believe they have a legitimate shot to send this thing back to Ohio.

It bears noting, however, that no team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals and the Dubs haven’t lost three in a row all season.

Per the NEOMG:

General Manager David Griffin departed The Q trying to boost morale; walking past some arena security officials saying “one more game at home, right?” […] “Yes sir,” was the response. But it wasn’t convincing. All around The Q, arena workers tidied up and prepared for a hockey game on Saturday night that could complete a sweep for the Lake Erie Monsters and a Calder Cup title. Cleveland is that close to a championship in the NHL’s developmental American Hockey League. But a major crown once again seems out of reach.

 

“If you don’t think we can win, don’t get on the plane,” head coach Tyronn Lue told the Cavaliers. “I just think we have to come back anyway, so we might as well come back and play [Game 6].”

 

Does this team truly believe that? History says no. Has dancing man danced his last dance this season? Will there be a game at The Q on Thursday? […] “That’s going to be my job, getting players to believe that this isn’t over,” James said. “Me personally, I’m good, but I know what type of challenge we’re up against and it’s going to be up to me to prepare my teammates for that.”