Golden State needs to win Game 5, or else
Golden State still holds a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, but there is still immense pressure on the Warriors to close out the series tonight to avoid going back to Cleveland for Game 6. If the series heads back to Cleveland, it’s hard not to envision it going 7 games.
Colin thinks the Warriors will close it out at home tonight, but if they don’t, blowing a 3-1 lead last year starts to look like a recurring nightmare. No one in Oakland wants to see this series go 7.
If they lose tonight, ‘Oh Crap. Zero Dark Thirty is in our head again.’”
LeBron may not win the Finals MVP, but he’s the most valuable player in the Finals
LeBron is staring down the barrel of another Finals loss, but he’s putting up his best Finals stats in 8 appearances. The bottom line for the Cavs is that if they have any chance to climb back into the series it will have to be on the back of 3 more superhuman performances from James.
After Games 1 and 2 of the Finals, some in the media were proclaiming Kevin Durant had already surpassed James, Colin thinks this is crazy. LeBron is not only averaging more assists and rebounds than Durant, he’s doing it with the understanding that a sub par performance means Cleveland has a zero percent chance to win.
While the Cavs fortunes depend entirely on James, there isn’t a single player on Golden State that has to play well for them to win. The Warriors can withstand a bad game form any of their Big 4 and not be doomed. They just shift the focus to whoever has the hot hand on a given night. And on most nights, somebody’s got it.
If LeBron plays poorly, the Cavs lose. Series over. It’s that simple. That’s the definition of valuable.
He will not win the Finals MVP, but he is the most valuable player in these Finals.”
Eddie House – NBA Champion with the Celtics joins the show to explain why LeBron made the right play in Game 2, just at the wrong time; the problem with skinny jeans; and why the officiating in the Finals isn’t as bad as everyone says.
Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to discuss his blowup with Rick Barry over the weekend; why he doesn’t regret it; and why the Warriors will close out the Cavs tonight.
Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Basketball Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio to explain why the officiating in Game 4 was a disgrace and why the pressure is on Golden State in Game 5.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss NBA Finals Game 5; if the Cavs have a chance; and if the impact of officiating in the series is overblown.