The Finals Live Blog Game 5

OAKLAND — The biggest game of the season.

That’s what Game 5 is to both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, and not just because it’s the next game in these NBA Finals.

It’s the biggest because when it’s over the winner will be a mere four quarters from being able to finish this thing and claim that Larry O’Brien Trophy, feed a championship-starved fan base and etch their names in NBA lore among the other championship teams that preceded them.

Games like these come with the pressure that shows the true character of the men involved. We’ll find out if Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Splash Brothers, are truly ready for prime time? If LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just needed a little rest to continue engineering one of the all-time great upsets in NBA and sports history (they are a robust 15-0 this season on exactly two days of rest)?

Fifteen just happens to be the magic number tonight.

The Warriors are undefeated this season (a staggering 57-0) when they get a 15-point lead in a game.

#15isthemagicnumber

And they’ve got karma in the house thanks to the Barrys (Rick and Brent “Bones” Barry, one of just three father-son combinations to have won NBA championships joining the Walton and Goukas clans as the only duos to accomplish that feat).

Lineup changes and defensive tweaks are fine. And they worked well for the Warriors in Game 4. Now it’s the Cavaliers’ turn to throw a wrinkle or two into the mix.

LeBron said there will be no lineup change. An extension of the rotation from seven players to say eight or nine, however, seems to be a must. Mike Miller and Shawn Marion need to be on high-alert tonight. But really, guys like J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are the ones who need to step up for the Cavs.

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Shump in the corner, getting ready for Game 5.

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Someone is due for a breakout effort tonight, either the Splash Brothers or Smith and Shumpert (they get a nickname if and after they have that breakout game).

Game 5 is the time someone needs to get it done. Because it’s all on the line tonight, right here at Oracle Arena. Winner takes the commanding 3-2 advantage and the chance to finish this series off Tuesday in Cleveland ….

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#15isthemagicnumber

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He whose name should not be spoken … at least until he starts playing better!

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Same starting five as Game 4. No need to fix it if in ain’t broken.

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If you go strictly by the numbers …

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Ugh!

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Brutal start for both teams. Turnovers, bricks, turnovers, etc.

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Warriors pick it up. Cavaliers keep turning it over.

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Why wait?

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Good Draymond vs Good JR

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Well, until JR flattened Draymond and picked up a Flagrant 1

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LeBron playing all five positions. Biggest Cavs player on the floor and running the point. Cavs 17, GSW 16 #unreal

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Still waiting on that Splash Brothers reunion …

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MVP stuff

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I believe the proper term is #BeastMode

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Warriors better pick up the pace because JR is hot!

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Swish

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Don’t know how easy they are, but he is getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants and wherever he wants it.

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Delly with a dive, draws Draymond’s second foul

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Meanwhile, LeBron is in #BeastMode

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Best way for LeBron to keep JR engaged?

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Dirtyvedova … hmmmm!

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Bogut with the assist.

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Two full days of rest = #BeastMode

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Eyes in the back of his head.

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Common foul indeed.

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Harrison Barnes goes up big late and LeBron goes on the poster. Warriors rally for the 51-50 lead at the break.

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It doesn’t matter what language you use, it’s called Ballin’

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Lots of basketball to be played Sir. But it is something worth pondering.

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Small Ball is the name of the game right now.

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I want mine. Strawberry Banana #JambaJuice

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Steph cannot get loose. Simply nowhere for him to go with the Cavs cutting off all angles.

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Stripes messing with us tonight. Don’t let the whistles get in the way.

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Looming large!

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What do you do with a two-day wait for Game 5? Apparently a few people went to the movies.

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Pretty good company …

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Welcome to the new NBA … No Bigs Allowed!

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Down to the wire …

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No LeBron, No business!

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And then there’s that …

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Anything Kerr can AI can do better.

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Mozgov’d again?

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You never say that word!

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The MVP back and forth is breathtaking to watch. Klay and JR can get it on the fun, too.

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Your turn JR …

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LeBron is so preposterously good at this game of basketball. Does it all.

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Coaching shots fired?

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Finals MVP if the Warriors win?

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Extremely inaccurate!

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#StephBack MVP … Delly had no chance.

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Love from Down Under even

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LeBron with another 3 from the Oakland Hills. Wow!

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#BeastMode

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#StrengthInNumbers

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Told you, #15isthemagicnumber

Warriors biggest lead … 15!

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LeBron was unreal. Unreal. But the MVP gets the win.

11 Comments

  1. Michael M says:

    I love basketball.

    It’s N ot B asketball A nymore. When was the rule change that allows one to push the other player away while taking a shot?
    Wilt would have scored 100 every game if this was allowed in his era.

    That was a horribly officiated game. (choose your side and make your cases)
    At least 5 simple possession calls were missed.
    At least 20 traveling calls.

    Please change the rules or stop calling this game basketball, if for no other reason than to honor all of the great players who played by the rules.

    I’m sure my comments will be censored and not posted. That doesn’t mean they aren’t at the very least my opinion, if not true.

  2. None Of The Above says:

    Really at this point LeBron James looks like the front runner for finals MVP with the way he’s played. It would seem weird for him to get it if the Cavs lose though.

    As far as I know the finals MVP has only ever gone to a player on the losing team once, Jerry West in 1969, which was also the first time the award was used – which answers Ed’s question. But giving it to a player on the loosing team just doesn’t really feel right.

  3. Kal says:

    Ed,
    to answer your question,

    yes, the MVP can go to a losing player who was great in defeat, LeBron James in this case … about 50 years ago ish, it went to Jerry West, the guy in the NBA logo, who is now a manager of the Warriors, ironically.

    but to answer your question,

    no, the MVP cannot go to Bron because voters are not intelligent enough to recognize what you did, sir, that it should. they will give it to Curry because everybody loves him and the Warriors are going to get the gold and gold = better than everyone, whereas breaking multiple historical records like LeBron did in this finals gets you, as LeBron has fully matured to realize and shouted out during game 1 of this finals: “Nothing… NOTHING!”

  4. Jack23 says:

    i still believe that Cavs make history with Lebron on the drive. He is the MVP, not to relegate Currys MVP, but hey, he was just lucky to have mates he has now, with that lousy “Hail Mary Shot” he always does, i dont think he deserves that Finals MVP..give that to Bron…he is the real MVP!!

  5. Mark from Bay area says:

    I just want to say “Delly Who? Did someone say he is Curry Stopper?”
    I mean this guy has been lucky to play with LeBron along with other great names.
    He did good job on breaking other players’ ankles in purpose, but Curry is not physical player and he will not even get close to one of those situation.
    Let Delly the cheating Australian do his cheating.
    I don’t care. Bye Bye Cleveland~

  6. Ed says:

    Can the MVP in the playoffs go to a player in the losing team like the NHL Conn Smythe Trophy? If that’s the case LeBron should get it. He has been playing better himself than the whole GSW-team which has had to find different ways rather than just trusting the splash brothers to splash. NOTHING or NO ONE can top what LeBron has done in the Finals. He the real MVP.

  7. What??? says:

    The Warriors is so lucky there is no Irving and Love. Or this is a sure sweep by the CAVS, imagine the CAVS still wins 2 games so far. This is a mediocre performance by the Warriors they should have won the series already, with the CAVS handicapped. But then even CAVS was handicapped they still have the greatest player of all time Lebron JAMES. I am still worried about the Cleveland curse, this is a pure unlucky break for CAVS losing 2 of the big 3. Series is not over yet, hopefully the people of Cleveland prays a lot and hope for a miracle.

  8. harriethehawk says:

    Stephan Curry is loosy goosy? lol

  9. dennis says:

    How bad are these teams? Lebron is all world. If he has the energy he can beat the warriors by himself. He completely controls the game. Without him Cavs are helpless, Curry, great shooter, great pick-up ball player, clueless about finals basketball, Loosy goosey, throws the ball away. Delli gives him fits. What if Jordan or Cooper were guarding him? Clay Thompson, Green, Barnes? Lacking. TRUE PLAYOFF TEAMS: SHOWTIMELlAKERS, Celtics, Bulls Pistons, Olajuwon Rockets, Spurs, Great teams with great pieces who played intelligent team basketball. These teams are too limited to even be called good. At points in these games it is painful to watch. Game 5 starts with turnover fest and the D ain’t that good.

  10. Steve says:

    Frankly. I’m disgusted.

    Once upon a time professional basketball at the Finals level was played by real men.

    Pro basketball used to require discipline, concentration, focus, desire, and drive.

    Pro basketball was once a beautiful seamless melding of pure poetry in motion, symmetry and precision Harmony of movement.

    Today pro basketball is a meaningless glob of messy schoolboy errors, stupidity, arrogance and ego. Its a travesty. They’re clumsy, unfocused, boring to watch spoiled rotten boy brats.

    Its a great sadness and a great dishonor that the game has fallen so far from the greats of the game embodied in the Birds, the Havlicecks and the Duncan’s.

    The so called Professional Basketball Finals today is a great sadness.