Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Twitter erupts after LeBron James dunks on Kevin Durant

Twitter erupts after LeBron James dunks on Kevin Durant

After the Cleveland Cavaliers' fantastic Game 4 win on Friday night in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, a user on Twitter Sunday broke down a LeBron James' Game 4 NBA Finals play, and it really is something spectacular. They won Game 6 at The Q, 115-101, and then won Game 7, in Oakland, 93-89 to become the first team in National Basketball Association history to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit to win the championship. If they repeat that kind of performance with that level of effort, they won't win. Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate this pressing question. Now, they find themselves in the same position, a 3-1 lead, they were in past year when they ultimately failed to close out the series. It might be different if the Warriors were coming off an injury or a suspension, like they were last summer, but their roster is still fully healthy.

The team that has made more 3-pointers has won each of the first four games. The Cavs need to win with improved defense, because it can't consistently outscore the Warriors in a shootout. That should give the Cavaliers some hope.

But it seems like an even more improbable task than it did past year.

Teams could combat this by building super teams of their own, but that's not exactly an easy task to do. "I think if we can kind of duplicate that same thing we did in Game 4, we have a good chance to win in Game 5".

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"When you're able to focus in for possession by possession and still have your wind and be able to vocally tell everyone what spot they need to be in because you've prepared, it's a hard task", Irving said.

Kyrie Irving lives for big moments. It's a long shot, but Cleveland has been in this position before. They had total control, maintaining their lead through the entirety of the game.

They won game five 129-120 at home in Oakland on Tuesday (NZ time) to complete a dominant 4-1 final series victory over LeBron James' Cavs.

Green: I agree, Game 5 will be huge.

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Durant lauded Golden State's fans and the Bay Area community while accepting the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy.

Finally, the Golden State Warriors have been beaten in Game 4 of the NBA Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. So hitting and being physical and just everything they do to us in the first three games, we have to do that.

Twenty-seven of those foul calls went against Golden State, which watched the Cavaliers get to the foul line 22 times in the first quarter alone. No one, besides myself, expects Cleveland to pull this comeback off. A Warriors 30-8 run helped the Warriors close the half with a 71-60 lead.

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