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Warriors vs Cavaliers 2016 NBA Finals preview: Golden State tries to bounce back in Game 4

After, a tough loss in Game 3, can the Golden State Warriors sneak in a win against this Cleveland Cavaliers team that hasn’t lost a single home during the playoffs? The Cavs on the other hand look to tie it up tonight and push the battle over to Oakland.

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Golden State Warriors
Playoffs: 14-6 (3-5 ROAD)
Cleveland Cavaliers
Playoffs: 13-4 (8-0 HOME)
June 10, 2016
Quicken Loans Arena — Cleveland, OH
6:00 p.m. PDT

Radio: KGO 810AM/KTCT 1050AM
Blog Buddy: Fear the Sword
Projected Starters
Stephen Curry G Kyrie Irving
Klay Thompson G J.R. Smith
Draymond Green F Richard Jefferson
Harrison Barnes F LeBron James
Andrew Bogut
C Tristan Thompson
Key Injuries
No injuries reported
Kevin Love (concussion) — Probable


Warriors vs Cavaliers Overviews

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors by 30 points Wednesday night. That smackdown has Golden State making adjustments and regrouping for tonight's match up. Cleveland came out more aggressive, as if it were their last game of the season, and were able to deliver without their star player Kevin Love.

LeBron James led the way with 32 points and 11 rebounds while Kyrie Irving found his groove dropping 30 points in just 37 minutes. The Cavaliers also benefited inside the paint with 52 rebounds compared to the Warriors' 32.

The Golden State Warriors are going to need to play with a sense of urgency if they want to hand Cleveland their first home loss in the playoffs and advance 3-1 in the series. Things were a mess for Golden State early in the first quarter of Wednesday night's loss, and never really improved. The Warriors' field goal percentage was under 42% and their three-point percentage wasn't any better (9 for 33, 27.3%).

All eyes tonight will be on Stephen Curry, whose numbers in the Finals have been lacking. Tonight would be a great opportunity for our MVP to bounce back.

Warriors Fun Fact: Vibe Magazine shouts out our very own DJ Sharp!

Key to the game: Forget about Game 3.

I'm not even worried after our Game 3 loss. Hopefully our squad has learned from their mistakes and with the proper adjustments is ready to compete. We've got a heavy arsenal that includes our Coach of the Year, NBA MVP, a handful of all-stars, an incredible bench and the best regular-season record in the history of the NBA. Put it all to use because it doesn't stop here. Move past Wednesday's loss, win it tonight and close it out at home on Monday. That's the plan!


  • Stephen Curry is going to have a breakout night. Sure things haven't really gone his way so far in the Finals but tonight's the night he'll give Warriors fans at home something to talk about and give the Cleveland fans something to cringe about!
  • Klay Thompson will catch fire and dominate on both ends of the court. It's his night to steal the spotlight alongside Steph. We've seen him do it a number of times in the season and postseason.
  • Draymond Green will continue to be our heartbeat and help create plays on the court. He's become the jack of all trades, distributing, creating, driving and making things happen on the floor.
  • LeBron James will have an incredible night. I wouldn't be surprised if he records a triple double but will his team back him up as well to seal another win in "The Land?"
  • As in Game 1, Key players from our bench will contribute greatly in tonight's game. Our bench is like another team's starting line up with so much depth. Who's it going to be? Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa or Andre Igoudala?

Win Prediction

Let's make it interesting and say the Warriors win it in OT 123-122 with a game winning 3 from our MVP... or let's just win period!

ICYMI: (Posts from GSoM)

Stephen Curry is not having a good NBA Finals

NBA Finals 2016 Game 3 Final Score: Warriors get flattened by Cavs, lose 120-90

NBA Finals 2016: Kevin Love will not play in Game 3 due to concussion

Klay Thompson: A basketball robot with the heart of a champion

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