The Golden Sate Warriors return to Oracle Arena tonight up 3-1 in the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. If this sounds familiar, that’s because this is exactly how it played out last year, just before the Golden State’s epic collapse – losing the series to Cleveland 7-3. Couldn’t happen again, right? Let’s hope not.
If the Warriors win tonight it will be absolute redemption, because that would mean winning Game 5 on their home court, just as we all thought they would last year. Unlike last year, Draymond Green will be playing, Stephen Curry will be healthy, and Kevin Durant will be on the court rather than Harrison Barnes – a very good player who played poorly in last year’s Finals.
The Warriors almost went 16-0 of course in these playoffs, but lost Friday night in what the Wall Street Journal called a weird game. To win, the Cavaliers had to score more points in the first quarter (49) than any team in any Finals game ever. They had to score more points in the first half (86) than any team in any Finals game ever. They had to sink more threes (24) than any team in any Finals game ever, too.
Let’s just hope history doesn’t repeat itself!