Irving at his best when things look the worst for Cavs

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Kevin Durant No.35 and Zaza Pachulia No.27 of the Golden State Warriors compete for the ball with Tristan Thompson No.13 and LeBron James No.23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Having lost their previous game before returning to Golden State, it seemed as though the Warriors had all the momentum, especially considering they needed just one more win for their second consecutive championship.

According to a Golden State Warriors source, a person paid $133,000 for two floor seats to Game 5 at Oracle Arena.

There are plenty of cheaper seats available for Monday night's game as well, though few would describe them as truly "cheap". That's the most watched Game 3 of a finals ever for ABC.

Of course, calling the people that inspire you to get out of bed in the morning boring isn't usually a good way to keep them happy. Golden State's offense still managed to score 68 first-half points, their highest total in any half in the Finals, but yet trailed by 18 at halftime.

It's nearly expected that James will continue to raise his game, but it's less certain which Cavs will step up beside him.

He made similar comments to reporters in Oakland on June 11 this year, looking ahead to Game 5.

"We love how aggressive Kyrie's been, and it's been great for our team, obviously, with his individual ability to make shots and to take big shots and to knock them down", James said.

"Thank God I get to play". "We can't worry about what happens after the game", Durant said. "Whatever he's doing, he should keep doing it".

If blame was going to be placed on the lost ending to the Warriors storybook season you wouldn't have to look anywhere but at the volatile Green. And he's really been able to do that.

"I think we were being too respectful, honestly", Smith told ESPN.

Does this series end Monday night, or will the Cavs survive and force a Game 6 back in Cleveland? Can they build on that win, and come back again from another Finals' deficit? But we knew what we were faced with.

Whether it is shooting long-distance three-pointers, pulling up for mid-range jumpers in and around the paint or driving all the way to the basket, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has plenty of ways to impact a game with the ball in his hands.

But that was in Cleveland. Last year, the Warriors returned home to Game 5 with a similar 3-1 lead but were playing without suspended forward Draymond Green and didn't have the luxury of relying on Kevin Durant.

I'm not so sure the Warriors will shoot 28 percent from 3-point land again, and I'm certainly confident the Cavs won't be making 24 3-pointers or hitting at an unbelievable 53 percent from downtown.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Pushing, shoving, trash talk, a general disdain for the opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue can't get enough of it. "He might have got riled up last game, but it's not going to affect him (in Game 5)".

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