IT can’t actually be happening. The Finals are starting to feel like an 80’s movie montage that ends with Cleveland holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy as NBA Champions. After two games, it looked like a sweep. After Cleveland kicked away Game 5 at home, their back was broken.
Now the series is heading back to Cleveland for Game 6, and the Cavs have a chance to tie the series at 3 – 3, and force a Game 7. The series’ narrative has gone from the Warriors inevitability to Cleveland actually having slightly more than a prayer. How did it happen?
If Golden State loses the series, most will point to Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension as the turning point. Without Green on the floor, LeBron and Kyrie combined for 82 points and Cleveland stole the game at Oracle Arena. The win gave them their swagger back.
Colin still thinks the Warriors will win the series, but all the little things are slowly adding up in favor of the Cavs.
“It’s going to be very interesting tomorrow. Bogut out. Kyrie hot. Steph perhaps not at 100%. Read another story yesterday. Officials sort of giving Cleveland the game, the series that they would prefer to have. The physical play. It’s very interesting how this whole thing’s working out.”
The Warriors are still the favorites to win the series. If the series goes 7 games, they have home court advantage. But, it’s undeniable that the atmosphere and mood around the series has changed significantly in favor of Cleveland.
The finesse Warriors have struggled to adjust to a series which has become increasingly physical. Draymond Green is only one package racking from being suspended for the series. Today it was announced that center Andrew Bogut will miss the remainder of the Finals. His injury leaves the Warriors without one of their only legit interior defenders and primary rim protector.
Colin says Vegas has also taken notice that the series is turning toward the Cavs.
“Cleveland is favored in their next game. If you talk to the smart money in Vegas, they’re on Cleveland.”
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) June 14, 2016