11.00 AM (AEST) Friday, June 17 at The Q Arena, Cleveland
Despite being down 3 games to 1, Cleveland refused to go quietly, winning Game 5 by 112-97, keeping their title hopes alive against the all-conquering Warriors.
Golden State: Andrew Bogut; Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala; Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry.
Cleveland: Kevin Love; Tristan Thompson, LeBron James; JR Smith, Kyrie Irving.
There have been 107 regular season games between these sides, with the Warriors leading 56 wins to 51. There have now been 11 playoffs games with Golden State holding a commanding lead, 7 games to 4. Cleveland produced a stirring 112-97 win in Game 5 to keep the series alive.
The Warriors have been in devastating form for the entire season, which they have carried into the finals. After winning the first two games in the NBA Finals against Cleveland, they have lost 2 of the last three.
Cleveland has been strong throughout the playoffs but were slow out of the blocks in the finals against Golden State, copping some heavy losses. They lost the opening two games in quite disappointing displays, before winning games three and five to get themselves back into the Premiership contention.
Curry v Curry – Curry has been conspicuous in his absence on the scorers sheet of late. He has barely troubled the scorers and his trademark success from beyond the arc has abandoned him. If the Warriors are going to win this game and the series, they need him to step up now and lead Golden State in his customary style. He’ll need big points too after LeBron James and Kyrie Irving struck some hot form after both racked up 41 points apiece in Game 5.
Cleveland capitalised on Green’s absence in Game 5, however they will need to find another avenue for scoring in this match. They will still prove to be tough to beat on their home court, especially now that the Warriors look to have the wobbles.
Golden State $2.13