The lights were bright in Oracle arena as the home crowd could almost taste a victorious ending for their Golden State Warriors on their home floor. The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped a black, gloomy cloud over their premature parade.
The Cavs put on a shooting clinic in a very important Game 5. “The Land” shot 53% from the field and 41% from 3-point land. Those numbers are thanks to the “Big Two”: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Both of which had 41 points each, accounting for more than 70% of the Cavaliers’ points. Irving has been putting on a performance this series as he put up his 3rd straight 30+ point game last night.
On the other side of the ball, losing their aggressive defenders Draymond Green to a suspension and Andrew Bogut to an almost gruesome-looking injury in the 3rd quarter, hurt their defensive scheme noticeably. Klay Thompson scored 37 points with six 3-pointers and Stephen Curry added 25 points with five 3s, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. But as the game wore on, the Splash Brothers shot airballs and missed big-time 3-pointers. The Warriors only shot 36% from the field and often failed to get a hand in the face of Cleveland’s shooters.
The Cavs took advantage of the poor defense and grabbed a much needed win to save their championship hopes, 112-97.
“We’re just happy we got another day. That’s all we can ask for,” James said. “We got another day to survive. We’re going to start preparing tonight, start preparing tomorrow and whenever Game 6 is we’ll be ready.”
Written By: Brandon Jordan