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2015 NBA Finals - Game Four

Stephen Curry’s wife takes little shot at Cavs fans on Instagram


You may be familiar with Stephen Curry’s wife Ayesha Curry, as ABC’s NBA Finals broadcast seems obsessed with showing her and the Curry family 592 times a game. Give or take a few.

After the Warriors’ Game 4 win Thursday, Ayesha took to Instagram and took a little shot at the Cavaliers fans and the ongoing “which arena is louder” debate. (Is this topic even worthy of the word debate?)

If Riley is anything like my daughters, once she is out it really wouldn’t matter how loud the arena got – or how much her sister tried — she was not getting up.

As for which arena is louder (I was asked this on twitter the other day), it’s close but I would say Oracle’s fans are just a little bit louder. However, the Cleveland game-ops crew has the volume cranked up to 11 for all the in-house entertainment, even though the crowd is plenty loud without it.

Report: Shawn Marion, other Cavaliers veterans may see run in Game 5

2015 NBA Finals - Game Three

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers looked worn down and tired. LeBron James stopped taking the ball all the way to the rim, Matthew Dellavedova looked flat footed trying to guard Stephen Curry, and coach David Blatt admited as much after the Cavaliers dropped Game 4 to even the series.

“Tonight was the third game in five days, including the trip back from the West Coast, and it seemed to have an impact on us, yes,” Blatt said when asked if fatigue was a factor.

Blatt has stuck with a seven-man rotation for the most part since Kyrie Irving was injured, but the short bench and the energy expended to guard the Warriors in the Finals is wearing down the Cavaliers.

Which has led rumors Blatt may finally reach deeper into his bench, tapping veterans like Shawn Marrion and Mike Miller, among others, for bigger roles. From Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

With several players, James and Dellavedova especially, looking worn down from the demands in the playoffs, players have begun to privately grumble that Blatt needs to use his whole roster.

With Warriors coach Steve Kerr going to a perimeter-heavy offense with Andre Iguodala in for Andrew Bogut, the feel is Blatt could take another look at Miller and perhaps give veteran Shawn Marion, who has yet to play in the series, a look. With the Warriors’ depth on the wing, the Cavs ended up being stretched exceedingly thin.

Several sources said Marion, who already has announced he’ll retire following the season, is especially itching to get a chance. He’s recently been bothered by a calf injury and also dealt with a hip injury in the regular season but is healthy and able to go.

Blatt has been sitting those guys for a reason, but these may be the desperate times where he leans on those veterans hoping for at least 10 good minutes. Miller has performed on big stages before, Marion can still make plays. They don’t need to dominate, just hold down the fort.

Ideally, those would be minutes LeBron could rest. In Game 4 the Cavaliers had trimmed a double-digit Warriors’ lead to three but when LeBron went to the bench for just a couple minutes of rest, the lead quickly ballooned back up to 10. The Cavaliers could never really close the gap again.

The Cavaliers catch a break with a couple days off between games 4 and 5 (and between 6 and 7 if it goes that far). They are banking on some rest and just better shooting to pull them back up in Game 5.

But a little help from the veterans down the bench would be a big boost, too.

Warriors cash in on their fatigue advantage in Game 4

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Draymond Green doesn’t have history of getting along with opposing coaches, but on at least one question, he and David Blatt see eye to eye:

Were the Cavaliers tired in Game 4 of the NBA Finals?

“Yes, “Blatt said. “Tonight was the third game in five days, including the trip back from the West Coast, and it seemed to have an impact on us, yes.”

Said Green: “Absolutely. And that’s one thing we’ve been preaching the whole series, that we wanted to wear them down.”

Cleveland used a shorter rotation than the Warriors through the series’ first three games.

The result: The Cavaliers’ eight most-used players had played the third-most minutes through three games of the NBA Finals in the last 31 years (as far back as Basketball-Reference.com data went back(:


Only the 1993 Bulls and 1993 Suns, who had a triple-overtime Game 3, had their top eight players on the court more through three games.

Of course, the Cavaliers played two overtime periods in this series (one in Game 1, one in Game 2) – but so did the Warriors. Golden State – even considering its bigger rotation – ranks 10th of 62 teams on this list.

To a certain degree, it doesn’t matter how tired the Cavs are. It matters how much more tired they are than the Warriors.

So, here’s the same stat sorted by the difference between the two teams:


Cleveland’s top eight players played 42 more minutes than Golden State’s in the first three games. That might not seem like a lot, but it’s a pretty large difference for modern times. Only the 2006 Finals – which featured the Heat’s top eight players on the court 44 minutes more than the Mavericks’ – had a larger gap in the last 24 years.

In Game 4, a Golden State blowout, Steve Kerr shortened his rotation to basically match Cleveland’s.

It’s easy to say now that we know the result, but that seemed like the right move.

As Blatt said, this was the third game in five days. There are two days off before Game 5, which would give the Cavaliers a chance to rest.

If the Warriors were going to capitalize on their rest advantage – by playing their best players more, knowing they were better rested than Cleveland’s best players – Game 4 was a great opportunity.

The fatigue factor should at least somewhat even entering Sunday’s Game 5, both due to the additional day of rest and Golden State shortening its rotation last night.

Kerr has frequently spoken of the Warriors’ depth working in their favor. Though it certainly wasn’t the only factor in last night’s result, I think it mattered in Game 4 more than at any point this series so far.

This should continue to help Golden State going forward, but there’s a decent chance last night will be the game it mattered most.

PBT Podcast: Breaking down the return of the Warriors in Game 4

2015 NBA Finals - Game Four
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Golden State looked like Golden State again in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, winning comfortably on the road.

In today’s edition of the PBT Podcast, we’ve got PBT’s Brett Pollakoff and NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard breaking down what the Warriors did going small with Stephen Curry in the starting lineup, plus looking at what the Cavaliers can do to counter that. Which is limited.

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.


Andre Iguodala explains faking breaking his arm after foul (video)

2015 NBA Finals - Game Four

After being fouled in Game 4, Andre Iguodala grabbed his arm as if it were broken – while rolling his eyes and laughing.

What was up with that?


It’s more that goes into the game than people realize. Like not being able to sleep and then your normal routine. You can’t take naps. It’s like everything – every emotion, every thought, everything, physical, mental, psychological – everything is thrown into the game.
It’s just so – my brain is like fried.  But it’s like we understand the commitment and sacrifice we have to make.

So, it was just a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the moment.

As then soon as you get back to the line to shoot the free throws, you’re right back into just grinding, grinding, grinding, trying to get a win.

That is an explanation, but it doesn’t illuminate much about what he actually meant by grabbing his arm. This sounds a bit like LeBron’s secret motivation.

Speaking of LeBron, do you think Iguodala might have been mocking someone – maybe someone in particular?