When: 9 PM
Where: Quicken Loans Arena; Cleveland, Ohio
After Tuesday night's Game 3, the streets of Cleveland were being stomped on like they had just won a championship. After tying the series 1-1, the hometown Cavs took the floor for the first Finals game at the Q since 2007.
The crowd was into it all night long, and the Cavs held off a late Warriors push to take a two games to one lead on over Golden State. LeBron James continued his sensational play, scoring 40 points, which actually caused his points per game average for the series to dip. His scoring output is shades of Jordan in the '93 Finals.
Through three games, James has scored 123 points, breaking the previous finals record of 122, set by former Warrior Rick Barry in 1967. James' usage and output has been insane. His 64 missed shots this series trump how many shots league MVP Stephen Curry has even taken (63).
Golden State rallied late Tuesday behind Curry's 17 fourth quarter points, which included five 3-pointers. By the end of the game, the feeling of ‘everything Curry releases is going in' was back. It wasn't a perfect quarter for the rising star though. He had three turnovers in the period and those helped Cleveland close out the game and take the series lead.
Heading into tonight's Game 4, Cleveland has more issues to deal with on their injury report. All-NBA Pest Matthew Dellavedova was sent to the hospital following Tuesday's win after suffering from dehydration and severe cramping. His 20 points, hustle, and defense were key to Cleveland's victory and while he was released Wednesday afternoon in time for a light workout, he'll need to have the same energy level as he's had all series.
Possibly the Cavs best perimeter defender, Iman Shumpert, left the game for a brief period Tuesday night after colliding with a Draymond Green pick. His status is a go for tonight as tests revealed that he just has a badly bruised shoulder, no structural damage.
The Warriors have been in this situation before this postseason. In the Western Conference Semifinals, Golden State got down to Memphis 2-1 in the same sequence of games (win-loss-loss). The Warriors offense seemed to sputter when the Splash Brothers were interrupted. After Game 3, they rattled off three consecutive victories to take the series while averaging 102.3 point per game in those final three games.
Like last month, their mission is to win Game 4 and go home with an even series and take it from there. This time though, the best player in the world is on the other side and he's playing like no one ever has.