The NBA Finals are now deadlocked at two games apiece, and headed back to the West Coast for an all-important Game 5.
The Golden State Warriors’ offense at last showed up Thursday night, as they pounded the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 in Game 4 to even up the series.
Per the AP:
The Warriors changed their lineup but just as importantly changed their mentality, believing they hadn’t competed hard enough in dropping the previous two games. […] “I think if we played as hard as we were playing the last couple of games, it would have won us probably 67 regular-season games, but it would have lost us the finals 4-1, and that’s what we had to change,” forward Draymond Green said.
Game 5 is not until Sunday at Oracle Arena, and the Cavaliers look like they could use that extra day of rest. LeBron James had a scoreless fourth quarter and finished with 20 points after averaging 41 in the first three games, and Cavs coach David Blatt will try to use the off days to figure out how to get James some help. […] “We don’t have many options as far as lineups we can go to, but we can make adjustments,” James said. “That’s what you do throughout a series. We’ll get to the film and make the necessary adjustments coming into Game 5.”
But (Steve) Kerr also warned the Warriors that whatever he does in Game 5 isn’t guaranteed to work again. […] “So he mentioned, obviously, just because we started that lineup tonight doesn’t mean you can just go out there and expect to have the same results in Game 5,” Curry said. “We have to actually do something about it and execute the game plan, whoever’s out there.”