Draymond Green was already reviled in Cleveland. Next time he returns, he can he can expect things to get worse.
The strangest moment in Cleveland’s Game 4 win came in the third quarter when Green was hit with a technical foul. It was his second of the game, according to what had been announced and on the official score sheet, but the referees said the sheet was wrong, that the previous technical was on coach Steve Kerr, not Green. So Green stayed in the game. After the game, he was asked about the announcement in the arena, and he used it to fire a shot at the people of Cleveland.
Q: Did you notice the scorer’s table didn’t announce that the tech wasn’t on you?
Green: No, I don’t pay much attention. I don’t pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly. Don’t seem to be the sharpest people around. So whatever.
Green does love to talk. He does like to stir things up, on and off the court. He did that here.
If there’s a Game 6 Green is going to hear it in Cleveland.
But if the Warriors are going to avoid a trip back to Ohio and win this in five, Green is going to have to play very well Monday night.
Cavaliers explode for historic offensive night in overwhelming Warriors
That’s how Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue saw a historic offensive explosion from his Cavaliers team in route to a Game 4 win.
We will see if that level of offense is sustainable, but it was a joy to watch Friday night. Cleveland’s offense looked more like the side that dominated the Eastern Conference playoffs. The numbers were just stunning:
• 49 first quarter points, an NBA record for most points in a quarter.
• 86 points at halftime, also an NBA record.
• 24 made three pointers, also an NBA record (they did that on 54 attempts).
• An offensive rating of 137.1 points per 100 possessions (for comparison the Warriors’ league-best rating for the regular season was 113.2).
It was the kind of night where even Deron Williams, who had no points in 44 minutes through the first three games had a couple of buckets in this one.
Cleveland had shot 29 percent from three through the first three games of this series, and they can’t win that way — certainly not against the high-powered Warriors (who also had a good offensive night Friday, it was just overwhelmed). Cleveland was more aggressive and more physical to start this game, but the biggest difference was just that their looks were going in — particularly from role players.
“We made shots,” Lue said in an understatement. “We have been getting these shots all series. We haven’t shot the ball very well, but defensively we got stops early and were able to get out in transition and score some easy baskets. And Kevin (Love) shot the ball well. Draymond (Green), he’s one of the best help defenders in the league, and tonight when he was helping, we made him pay. Kevin made shots. When we’re making shots and we’re playing with pace, we’re a tough team to beat. This is who we are. We’re a tough, resilient team.”
“I give them a ton of credit, they made some tough shots,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They made 24 threes, and we knew that we weren’t going to keep them quiet from the three-point line the whole series. They made some tough shots, but we were not sharp defensively, so always a combination. It’s never one thing.”
In a sky full of stars Kyrie Irving was the brightest light in the Cleveland offense Friday, dropping 40 on Golden State. More than leading the team in scoring, he was seemingly the guy who always came up with the big bucket that stopped a Warriors run and kept the Cavaliers in charge.
“Shot some tough ones, and happily they went in,” Irving said. “But other guys just came in, and Kev and J.R., Bron, as well as Shump and Deron and Kyle. I mean, when we’re hitting threes, we’re a different team. And we understand that. But when we take the threes that are in rhythm and we’re getting guys to their spots and we’re unselfish as we were tonight, then our three-pointers are a little bit different, and it makes the difference.”
Will that difference carry over to Game 5 is a question for another day. For now, we should enjoy — you’re not going to see another offesnsive night like this.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant jaw at each other, pick up double technicals (VIDEO)
After Durant was fouled going to the basket — a foul that was eventually ruled a flagrant 1 on Kevin Love — Durant and LeBron went jaw to jaw for a while. The officials were patient breaking it up, not letting it escalate (not that either of those two would lose control).
What was said? After the game, both will say “nothing.”
Just consider it a sign things are now serious.
Cavaliers score record 49 first quarter points, most scored ever in one Finals quarter
The Cavaliers missed eight free throws in the first quarter, they could have put up more.
In a “you’re not setting history in our building, we are” statement to start Game 4, the Cleveland Cavaliers put up 49 points on the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter. That’s the most points scored in any quarter ever in NBA history.
As a team, the Cavaliers shot 14-of-24 overall in the first, 58.3 percent, and they hit 7-of-12 from three (58.3 percent). Kevin Love had 14 points, Kyrie Irving 13 to lead the Cavaliers, while LeBron James had eight.
Cleveland did all that on 28 possessions, and they had just one turnover.
LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for third in Finals scoring history